This Was a Pizza Hut, Now It's All Covered with Daisies
A few weeks back, I heard an interesting report on NPR about what happens when big box retailers like Walmart and Best Buy abandon their stores for bigger stores. In one town in Kentucky, this has happened several times (Apparently Walmart is a bit like a hermit crab, abandoning its shell for a larger one every so often), leaving the town with a couple of big ugly buildings with lots of parking.
Today on Slate, there's a fascinating slide show of how some of these buildings have been reused. For instance, this used to be a Walmart: