This is what happens when people decide to go beyond loss, and do something productive.1
In a Texas town, Walmart shut down a humongous branch and left it for dead. While that may not be a novel thing, what used to be Walmart’s home in that area is nothing to scoff at. As they say, everything is bigger is Texas, and this single-story building is no exception. At 124,500 square feet, the building is equivalent to two and a half full-size football fields. And yes, it holds the distinction of being the largest single-story edifice in the entire country.
So what did the people do when Walmart abandoned the building? Instead of building something Walmart-like, the city leaders picked out a firm to renovate and design the warehouse to become a public library. How cool is that?
Funnily enough, a firm from outside of the state was designated to take up the task of building the McAllen Public Library. It doesn’t matter, I suppose, as you would never think that it used to be a Walmart. Take a look.
This is the library’s main entrance.
The main aisle of the library certainly is impressive as well.
And they even have a section for teenagers, who might not be able to control their noise levels. You know what the designers did? They soundproofed the teen lounge. Now there is less stress for both librarians (who don’t have to shush constantly) and teenagers (who don’t have to be shushed constantly).
Who would have thought that all that started from this bleak sight?
If most libraries were this cool, do you think more people will want to hang out and geek out? I wouldn’t be surprised.
- Though some might say that not having a Walmart around is not that much of a loss. [↩]