In his Daily Dose of Architecture posting for May 25, 2010 (http://archidose.blogspot.com/2010/05/walhattan.html), John Hill included a graphic from Jesse LeCavalier’s essay “All Those Numbers” at Places: Design Observer (http://places.designobserver.com/entry.html?entry=13598 .)  The graphic compares the size of the floor area of Wal-Mart (and affiliated) stores to the area of Manhattan and is copied below. 

While a dramatic graphic, the footprint of the stores  is only part of the story.  For a true comparison of the built area of Wal-Mart stores, you would need to include the parking lots.  This would result in a Wal-Mart footprint that is four to five times larger than what is show above.  It would look something like what is shown below.


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