06/15/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

4 Reuses For Newly Closed Car Dealerships: Green Urban Planning

A car dealership is perhaps the greatest symbol of the car-dominated strip mall culture that has defined (and one could say decimated) American neighborhoods for a half century, and which is only slowly losing favor as communities see the value of new urbanism -- the clustering of development around new and existing town centers, where housing, shopping, schools and workplaces are integrated in walkable downtowns served by public transit options.