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Does anyone have ideas for integrating large warehouses into the development pattern of a county/city? A nearby county is receiving a massive influx of large warehouse/distribution centers in formerly rural areas. Unlike some of the old factories and warehouses, these new buildings don't fit well into a mixed-use neighborhood, create a lot of truck traffic, and end up being totally auto-dependent. Unfortunately, they're also a major part of the local employment base and they're always on water/sewer lines. Are these buildings acceptable exceptions to good urban design or are there better ways to build and locate them? I don't see these buildings getting retrofitted for lofts like the old urban warehouses due to their design and rural/suburban location so I'm also concerned about their inflexibility if the demand for warehouse space changes.

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