Abandoned Wal-Mart becomes the largest library in US

The McAllen Public Library in McAllen, Texas has re-purposed an abandoned Wal-Mart. It is now the largest single storey library in the US.

An impressive re-use of abandoned suburban retail that shows how communities can move from competition and consumption to cooperation and sharing. It’s also gorgeous inside.

To place it in its suburban context, see it from space.

Expect more of this.

See also: Ellen Dunham-Jones explains why retrofitting suburbia is such a critical task. (From a talk I attended in while studying at SFU in 2010.)