Walmarts are everywhere. They take up tons of space. Superbowl space.
They sell everything, they succeed where mom-and-pop businesses fail—and sometimes, they shut down. What happens when a huge edifice, parking lot, highway exit closes in a place? Well, in McAllen, Texas:
They transformed it into the largest single-floor public library in America.
So very sweet. They've also turned the space into a farmer's market
and winter-time indoor shopping and eating. It's a real community use of a space. This has all taken place since 2012 and now:
Within the first month following the opening, new user registration increased by 23%
This may be the first and
last time I feel thankful to Walmart for anything.
You can see even more of this inspiring slide show of the new library via their website here