retail

Is Wal-Mart The Atomic Bomb of Retail?

I was reading a conversation on the PRO-URB listserv about whether to oppose an intown Wal-Mart in Washington, and someone asserted that Wal-Mart was different from all other stores because it was a potential monopolist.  Evidently, some people believe that Wal-Mart (unlike Costco or Target) is... read more »

How A Traditional Agricultural City Functions: The Case Of San Isidro, Costa Rica

If you're one of those that is interested in the agricultural New Urbanist community concept, then you might want to check out the city of San Isidro, Costa Rica.  San Isidro is a city with a population of around 35,000.  It lies nestled in a valley surrounded on all sides by beautiful mou... read more »

My Buddy's Organic Fruit Stand In Costa Rica and What It Could Mean For New Urbanism

So this is my buddy's simple little organic fruit stand that I help to grow fruits and vegetables for at the beach here where I am typing from in Uvita, Costa Rica.  In my opinion, this is exactly what we need to be seeing more of in New Urbanist communities in more developed countries such as ... read more »

Retail Update: Simple Suburban Crashes, Complex Urban Thrives

While Sears' K-mart unit struggles downward, the benefits of curated (but higher-cost) stores that require complex urbanism win press:  Sears to Close 100+ Kmart stores: http://bit.ly/vFXRnR  Hyper-local markets provide big economic boost: http://bit.ly/s0F1Zr      ... read more »

This Week's Citiwire - The Future of the Strip: Downhill

This week's Citiwire includes an article entitled "The Future of the Strip: Downhill" by Edward McMahon, senior fellow at ULI. It is a fascinating look at the future of commercial and retail development in this country. Citiwire is a weekly publication of the Citistates Group. ... read more »

What’s the future of post-sprawl retail?

CNU board member Ellen Dunham-Jones is featured in the current issue of the Harvard Business Review ... read more »

CNU XVI – Retail Recipes: Finding what sells

We’ve all seen the pretty pictures and heard the gushing stories about wonderful New Urbanist communities. ... read more »

Urbane big box photo gallery

Spring has sprung in Chicago, so I've taken the chance to update and expand an online photo gallery of big(ger) box stores around the country that are designed in an "urban," pedestrian friendly way. Next time a big chain retailer tells you that "no, it can't be done," you can respond "yes, it can, ... read more »