Retrofit

A major shopping mall that influenced 20th Century retail is slated to become a mixed-use urban center after getting key State of Michigan approvals in late July.
Downtown Doral targets families, creates downtown in amorphous suburb, and avoids the blank slate.
A former cinema site becomes a haven for a diverse suburban population in Virginia.
The reimagining of once-cherished malls has become a necessity for owners—not only to stay relevant and compete in the marketplace, but also to identify forward-thinking redevelopment strategies that bring additional viable uses and density.
Two retrofit experts have a new book that is an essential reference for transforming suburban landscapes.
Ten changes are recommended to improve Main Street streetscapes.
Note: This list of steps comes from Enabling Better Places: Commercial Corridors and Shopping Malls, a report by CNU and the Michigan Municipal League. 
An elegant plan to transform a struggling shopping mall into a mixed-use town center uses the same principles of sacred geometry that were employed by Pierre L'Enfant in the urban design of Washington, DC.
While hundreds of malls are declining, they are also being reused for all kinds of purposes—including walkable urban places in communities lacking in this kind of environment.
Downtown Westminster, Colorado, is designed as a ‘place’ that grows organically with affordable housing included.
Transforming suburban places is a growing and necessary trend across America. What are the tactics to make it happen?
This is Part 4 of a series on retrofitting urban patterns to create more resilient places where decentralized capital can flourish. This article, the last of the series, discusses how immigrants may play a role in getting us there.