By Tim Stellar | Arizona Daily Star
If there’s one thing Tucson has plenty of, it’s parking lots.
You could practically walk from the Vail to Casas Adobes and never leave our cherished blacktop seas.
Combine those with old big-box stores, and we’re talking about a plentiful local resource, almost as abundant as sunshine.
But what purpose will they all serve, now that many retail stores are declining and the acres of blacktop are increasingly unnecessary?
My colleague Gabriela Rico pointed out one of the most positive possible outcomes of the decline of retail in a story Feb. 12. A Phoenix-based company is redeveloping the old Sears store at Park Place Mall, along with some portion of the adjacent parking lot, making a mixed-use development that includes housing.