Of course, Walmart is a great symbol of suburbia and Urban sprawl, but as this article points out, it has it’s redeeming qualities. I love this quote from the article:
Not that I want Walmart (or Greenpeace) to run the world, but at the end of the day, being ruthlessly cheap is the most important way of being green. To cut out waste, to use methods of production that cut the energy consumed at every stage in the process, to strip packaging to the barest minimum, to reduce the amount of raw materials in every product: this is the mother lode of green. This is how a growing human population limits its impact on the earth. This is where Walmart and green are as one.
As I said in an earlier post, Big box retail ain’t going away, so any New Urbanism needs to accommodate it. To paraphrase “Post Modern” Architect Robert Venturi…”Walmart is almost ok”….