Shaping The City: Big Box Goes Urban

Shaping The City: Big Box Goes Urban

Architect, urban planner and Washington Post columnist Roger Lewis joins Kojo to explore how big box retailers typically associated with the suburbs may soon be affecting the look and feel of urban neighborhoods in our region.

In the suburbs, a Walmart or Target or Best Buy typically sits on a vast swath of land with aisle after aisle of parking outside the front door. But in the last decade, big box retailers have been moving into cities like the District of Columbia, where space is tighter and parking is limited. We explore the design challenges facing big box stores in urban settings and ask how their arrival changes the look and feel of their new neighborhoods.

Guests

Roger Lewis

Architect; Columnist, "Shaping the City," Washington Post; and Professor Emeritus of Architecture, University of Maryland College Park

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