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Is your city or town littered with abandoned storefronts (while new ones are being built every day)? I’m not even a “green” person and this kind of thing drives me nuts. Why can’t retailers take over an already-established storefront now and then?

I got on that soapbox to provide insight as to why this story from Slate Magazine thrilled me. An abandoned Walmart storefront in McAllen, Texas has recently been refurbished into an award-winning public library.

McAllen Public Library

McAllen Public Library
McAllen Public Library

Do you know of a similar story? Has a forgotten building in your area been reborn? Tell me about it below.

5 Responses

  1. Ellen U. says:

    Great idea. Glad you brought this up.

  2. Ann from Roanoke says:

    This should be a story on the local and national news; people doing something smart and not blowing money hand over fist. A library, I love it!

  3. Pat Brennon says:

    This idea makes too much sense and we all know the ones with money to do these things usually don't use common sense. Such a great idea though.

  4. Sheila says:

    I love the turquoise chairs too. And a very good idea.

  5. Kathy says:

    I love the Children's Room with the interactive wall
    for the little munchkins! (I love the turquoise chairs, too!)

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