What to Do with All Those Empty Car Dealerships?

By Richard Florida

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)

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2009/05/what-to-do-with-all-those-empty-car-dealerships/18049/