Urbanism in small cities and suburbs, planning in a global context, and the stamp of retailers on the form of the city.
As the retail market becomes less certain, mixed-use developers look to other ways to boost foot traffic and create a destination.
From the decimation of downtowns to the “retail apocalypse,” massively changing retail has been the norm for the last seven decades. Urban retail may benefit from the current transformation.
A Google search for the so-called "retail apocalypse" generates more than 13 million results, but brick-and-mortar retail is growing. The data presents a more confident picture for urban and town planners, developers, investors, and merchants.
Main Street areas stand to do well as a result of entrepreneurial activity and market forces in the aftermath of the coronavirus.