Originally Posted by Steely Dan
^ holy shit! THAT'S a walmart?
they have only built their standard shitacular suburban big box model with a galaxy of surface parking out front here in the far flung fringe neighborhoods of chicago. if they can actually prove to make a real deal effort to embrace how real cities operate, that could be a game-changer for them. i'm pleased and terrified at the same time.
The bungalow belt of Chicago doesn't have anywhere near the physical density of those DC neighborhoods, though.
More significantly, DC doesn't have vast brownfield sites, since it never had the industrial presence of Chicago. These sites are abandoned, unsightly, gigantic, off the tax rolls, wasteful in an urban context, and often harmful to the health of surrounding neighborhoods. The city has a huge
incentive to accept any development willing to pay the costs of remediation, even if that development is something plucked straight from a sprawlburg like Huntley.
When Wal-Mart starts to open up on the north side, where very few brownfields remain undeveloped, we'll see if they can produce something similar to these DC projects. They'll pretty much have to get more urban-friendly, or they could simply open up shop in the Elston corridor that's already a suburban shithole.