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Abandoned Gas Stations=Urban Gold Mines?

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If any place has a huge opportunity to turn dirty old gas stations into revitalized street corners, it's LA. Though not referencing our city, The New York Times looks at how some places are turning defunct gas stations (the high price of oil/competition from Costco and Walmart led to more than 50,000 gas station closures since 1991) into restaurants, storefronts, and housing. But while gas stations usually have great placement on lively corners, some developers are turned off by the usually-small-lots and added expense of environmental cleanup. Maybe that's why we can think of dozens of closed LA gas stations currently collecting dust. [NY Times]