Here’s Best Buy’s corporate HQ in Richfield, Minnesota [Google Maps]. It’s a big place that takes up an entire suburban mega block at the corner of two interstates (I-35 and I-494). Eminent Domain was used to capture this spot. i’m not going to touch this topic because it’s been covered many times over (here: you can READ and LOOK at the result).
The scale and parking required for a place like this is absolutely insane. If you look at the site, it’s primarily parking:
Now, for the overall scale as compared to the actual buildings:
The buildings are outlined in read and have been placed over parking lots at the same scale.
The troubling fact, beyond Best Buy’s decline from 9,000 to around 4,000 employees, is that this is all so unneeded, kills a space that could otherwise be something useful and, of course, Best Buy negotiated itself into a nice property tax deal. So, what does Richfield get? Workers? But in an interconnected world of auto-orientation (and Richfield being in the center of it all), did it really get much?
Did properties rise in values? No. Why? Because who wants to live by a 4 story parking garage? That’s my weekend rant. Enjoy!
UPDATE 12:20pm – Saturday, 8/10/13
I walked around the Best Buy HQ today. It’s a 1.11 mile walk and it’s not totally unpleasant.
I’ll write more later …