Experience is the new buzzword for walkable town centers
As the retail market becomes less certain, mixed-use developers look to other ways to boost foot traffic and create a destination.
Problems and solutions for main street retail
Shopability studies for two Florida cities illustrate the potential and hurdles for many American small-to-midsize downtowns.
A brief history of retail and mixed-use
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.
The ‘retail apocalypse’ is a myth, and that's good news for the shopping industry and downtowns
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.
Anchors away: Repurposing regional malls to meet new community needs
The economic effects of the COVID pandemic will accelerate the departure of anchor department stores from regional malls. How can these spaces be adapted to make our communities more resilient in the post-COVID economy?
After the lockdown, new opportunities for downtown shopping districts
Main Street areas stand to do well as a result of entrepreneurial activity and market forces in the aftermath of the coronavirus.
Plight of the family-owned store
Philip Langdon’s Common\Edge article, The Precarious State of the Mom-and-Pop Store, highlights the beauty of, and challenges facing, an American tradition. “Mom and pop” stores have been under economic pressure for many decades due to...