An architect in Florida told me that the way to make the most money as an architect was to "design" strip malls.
Which are, generally speaking
, paid for by a municipal "Redevelopment Agencies" under the guise of eliminating blight, or upgrading a business district, etc. Which, generally speaking
, is why occupancy rates can be so dismal. How many store fronts are vacant in the one near you?
But then, when the government is paying for your building, having a few vacancies isn't too disconcerting ... after all, it isn't your investment that isn't being returned. Our tax dollars at work...