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A field guide to recycled Wal-Marts

WalmartcourthouseWal-Mart is notorious for moving into small towns, aggressively driving competitors out of business, then packing up and leaving once headquarters decides the superstore sales aren't super enough. Towns are then left not only with an attenuated local economy, but a gigantic box of a building.

Julia Christensen has documented how some places have dealt with the remnants of big-box stores such as Wal-Mart, turning them into churches, medical centers, even court houses. Her project reminds me of Liz Clayton's Not Fooling Anybody, which does a similar thing for for fast food restaurants and other chains.

Posted by carrie on 04/07/2005 | Permalink

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