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Photos: Abandoned Walmart turned into chic new library


For McAllen, Texas, one man’s abandoned Walmart is another’s public library, the Huffington Post reports. After inheriting the abandoned structure, architecture firm Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle (MS&R) was selected to handle the interior development, with the city mandating it be affordable to construct.  According to PSFK, the library is 124,500 square feet, making it the largest single-story location in the U.S. at a size about equal to 2.5 football fields. (See photos below.) The library’s construction could signal a positive change for libraries across the state. In late 2010, a Harris/Reader’s Digest Post showed that nearly 40 percent of American mayors said they planned to cut employees and make reductions to libraries, with some even cutting branches completely…

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