Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Downtown Big Box Stores Doable

When other cities were erecting warehouse-style retail outlets in the hinterlands, Vancouver built its Costco right downtown -- the first urban Costco in the world, with four 40-story residential towers rising from the top. There's a boutique Home Depot not far away and a Safeway that squats on a second floor, above smaller street-level shops (source: LA Times). Locally we have great example with the REI adjacent to the Santa Fe Depot Rail Runner stop.

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