This is a question that I have been mulling over for about two months. I am curious as to what people think. FYI, this question isn't about the pawn shop structure/building itself. Obviously, you could construct a pawn shop out of sustainable/green products with various energy efficiencies. But my question is more focused on the socio-economic impact of pawn shops. On one hand, pawn shops recycle various products and sell them at a price that is extremely affordable because of the wear and tear a particular item has experienced (note: sometimes you can find inexpensive gems). On the other hand, pawn shops typically don't increase relative property values and many times they are located in high crime areas, which offer patrons easy cash now in exchange for collateralized items or very high interest rates. The following cartoon is very telling (btw, hock means pawn).