Retail

Recent reports have revealed weaknesses in the big box business model. Will Wal-Mart’s new urban stores be as successful as its outdated model?
Feb 21, 2014   PlannersWeb
Kaid Benfield pens a provocative column in which he suggests that the traditional American Main Street is a thing of the past, and may no longer fit our modern retail economy. Are traditional main streets still worth preserving and emulating?
Feb 4, 2013   NRDC Switchboard
John Gallagher writes about the optimism surrounding a project proposed by Quicken Loans founder and developer Dan Gilbert, which could bring 33,000-square feet of retail space, and 1,300 parking spaces, to downtown Detroit.
Nov 2, 2012   Detroit Free Press
Farhad Manjoo probes the internet retail giant's shifting strategy on the geographic distribution of its facilities, and wonders what the implications are for local retail once Amazon can offer same-day delivery.
Jul 13, 2012   Salon
As the Summer months heat up, Sarah Laskow reports on cities' efforts to keep retailers' doors closed.
Jun 3, 2012   GOOD Magazine
Tom Stoelker pens a feature in <em>The Architect's Newspaper</em> examining the decades-long upheavals in retail and current efforts to shape retail in ways that will preserve urban character while growing the economy.
Feb 26, 2012   The Architect's Newspaper
David Alpert provides a thorough analysis of the first third of Washington D.C.'s proposed new zoning code, and finds a return to kind of development patterns that formed the neighborhoods residents treasure today.
Feb 8, 2012   Greater Greater Washington
Writer Tara Sturm explores the merits of incremental urbanism on revitalization efforts with the help of L.A. architect Alan Pullman, highlighting grassroots, community-driven economic development.
Feb 3, 2012   Buildipedia.com
Hazel Borys discusses how several key form-based guidelines for retail can encourage success in the most risky of all development types.
Dec 24, 2011   PlaceShakers
The temporary shop, formerly the type of thing one would only see at the holidays - think fireworks, or Christmas trees - is now hot.
Dec 20, 2011   Top Pop-Up Shops
Apple stores are great revenue generators in cities, writes Brian Caulfield, but not just as a one-off. Customers tend to come back for more products and repairs, and the stores themeslves encourage plenty of cross-shopping nearby.
Dec 9, 2011   Forbes