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Old Buildings, New Businesses

It's not that chain stores prefer locating in old urban buildings, it's that companies commonly associated with big box retail in the 'burbs are finding that form a tougher sell in the city. Also, consumer preferences are shifting toward a smaller, walkable shopping model (and have been for years), and, in the case of Walgreens and Target stores that occupy iconic structures, it's corporate desire for a "branding of history". WBEZ's Curious City column delves much deeper into the trend. [WBEZ, photo: Flickr/danxoneil]