16 June 2009

Reclaiming the Mart

The economy  is sinking, shops are closing, houses are being foreclosed and unemployment tips dangerously close to 10%. Yet one force is strong enough to withstand this economic slump- Wal-Mart.  
Big box retail stores that sell substandard Chinese products at enticingly low prices for the unemployed are reporting sales are up, up, up! 
Some are taking advantage of the recession, and the rest of the country's impoverished new status to upgrade to even bigger cement structures- vacating their old ugly behometh premises and leaving them as eyesores spotted along the suburban-side.  So what can we do with those abandoned stores besides leave them to be infested with rats?   
Two abandoned Wal-Marts outside of Austin,Texas have been modified to better use - defining 'better' as anything other than a Wal-Mart . 
One was turned into an indoor Go-Kart raceway.
And another more aptly modified into a Spam Museum.
A great way to recycle the largest most grotesque form of landscape butchery. 

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