“Wal-Mart, the big-box giant sometimes accused of contributing to sprawl, traffic jams and the demise of downtown merchants, is considering an urban look and downtown locations…”
“It humanizes big-box retail,” says Ben Pentreath, a British architectural designer with the Prince of Wales Foundation for the Built Environment. Pentreath was part of a team developing a plan for rebuilding Pass Christian, Mississippi., where a Super Wal-Mart was destroyed. “If it’s really successful, it cuts down on car traffic,” he says.
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