Creating likeable big boxes: The latest trend in retail development
Hitt, Noah C
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Poor designs typically related to big box developments have had negative impacts on pedestrian safety, traffic, environment, community values and economic viability. Furthermore, the trend of creating compatible big box designs is relatively new; therefore, existing knowledge on this topic is generally limited. Thus the reason for this study. The following is an attempt to provide efficient, community friendly alternatives to the designs and site layouts commonly associated with big box retail. A study has been conducted involving the research of new design techniques and guidelines that have proven to be successful through the U.S. and Canada. The case studies provided evidence that working with big box developers to redesign these mundane and large structures can be beneficial to a community in many ways, while remaining profitable for the retailer. These successful techniques have been compiled, and a series of techniques and guidelines have been recommended.