Here in the suburbs, the “big box” stores often dominate our landscape. The Wal-Marts, Targets, & Home Depots pop up on every block. These stores have long been criticized for a number of things including unsustainable development and for destroying the main street cultures that may have existed in communities in the past. These issues become even more profound when companies out grow their old big boxes and build new ones. Then, communities are left with monstrous buildings that sit empty.Well, I wanted to share this NPR story that highlights some uses of abandoned stores: Once a Wal-Mart: The New Lives of Big Boxes.