What to Do with All Those Empty Car Dealerships?

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More than 2,000 car dealerships across the country will be closing their doors in coming months. Planetizen - my favorite urbanist site - recently asked its readers what should be done with all that space. Here are the top five vote-getters (as of May 21):

  • Ask the local residents about what the community needs (222 votes)
  • Urban gardens (200 votes)
  • Create walkable, vibrant places and improve current communities (138 votes)
  • Farmers' markets and local events (126 votes)
  • Solar and wind energy park/vehicle charging stations (102 votes)
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Richard Florida is Senior Editor at The Atlantic and Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto. See his most recent writing at The Atlantic Cities. More

Florida is author of The Rise of the Creative Class, Who's Your City?, and The Great Reset. He is founder of the Creative Class Group.

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