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Abandoned Walmart Transformed Into A Functioning Library

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Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle's design of the McAllen Pubilc Library in Texas is a case study of creative reuse.

 

So many libraries have suffered extensive cuts and local governments have had less funds in their budgets allocated to libraries.  Yet libraries perform crucial functions of community building and empowering the local citizenry; functions that many are loathe to part with.  Box stores are a key feature in American architecture, and while somewhat sterile, in provides great functionality for a library.  How would this impact the local community?  If the Walmart left town, what type of issues might the area already be facing?


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Libraries are quintessential to local towns and provides many opportunities for all citizens to learn an acquire knowledge. Compare that to the benefits of a Walmart. Libraries definitely win that battle. Sure, it is very convenient to have a store that carries any/everything under the sun in town, but it lacks importance.

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