12 Mar '12, 12pm

Great design for transforming big boxes into green retrofit: #smartgrowth #urbanism #urbanplanning

Great design for transforming big boxes into green retrofit: #smartgrowth #urbanism #urbanplanning

June Williamson, co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia , and landscape architect Anne Vaterlaus have designed a very appealing conceptual demonstration project in the LA suburb of Pico Rivera, on the edge of the San Gabriel Valley. The community is working-class, 92 percent Latino, and relatively low-income. Air pollution levels are high. Their “proposal” is conceptual, not real, at least not yet. But, if the site, now a big-box “power center” with a Walmart, Lowe’s, Staples, and so on, isn’t ripe for a new concept yet – and I’m not saying that it isn’t – it’s just a matter of time. Here’s how Williamson describes it and the designers’ concept: “Pico Rivera Towne Center was a subsidized “magic bullet” project that was cynically (or naively) conceived to fill municipal coffers with sales tax income while providing mostly low-wage jobs. It is now—predictably, perhaps—failing. “...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kbenfield/how_to_retrof...

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