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New York Vacant Storefront

Planning Department Study Documents Storefront Vacancy in NYC Neighborhoods

A new report from the New York Department of City Planning has found that storefront vacancy may not be a one-answer citywide problem. Vacancies were found to be concentrated in certain neighborhoods, and the reasons appear to be varied.

August 15, 2019 - 6sqft


Dollar General Unveils Urban Format Store For Millennials

Now proposing to add another 900 stores in 2018, Dollar General continues to rapidly expand throughout the U.S. However, their push for a smaller more urban format is something seriously worth watching.

January 23, 2018 - Modern Cities

Miami Mall

Is Miami's Brickell City Centre the Mall of the Future?

Miami's Brickell City Centre represents the evolution of the shopping mall as a mixed-use social gathering place.

October 18, 2017 - Modern Cities


Macy's Looking To Monetize Unused Parking Lots

Macy's sees opportunities to improve the shopping experience by activating empty parking lots.

July 8, 2017 - Modern Cities

Miami Mall

Top 5 Retail Shopping Center Trends

As the face of retail continues to evolve, tremendous opportunity exists for out-of-the-box concepts and creative retail strategies.

June 8, 2017 - Modern Cities

Urban Target Express in Berkeley, CA

Target to Enter the Urban Market in Big Way to Boost Lagging Sales

The Minneapolis-based retailer is thinking big by betting on a small store and the urban revolution.

March 6, 2017 - Modern Cities

South Mall Parking Lot

Black Friday Is A Case Study On Why Parking Minimums Are Ridiculous

At most big box stores, the parking lots occupy far more land than the stores themselves, sucking up unnecessary resources from our communities.

November 25, 2016 - Modern Cities

U.S.'s First Mall for the Home to Open in 2019

The home-themed mall, opening outside Washington, D.C., hopes to attract a new generation of customers and investors.

August 15, 2016 - Bisnow

Shopping Mall

Death of the Shopping Mall May Be Exaggerated

Despite threats like online retail, upscale sectors of the mall market are prospering. This is good news for what are, perhaps, the only walkable 'streets' in some parts of the country.

March 31, 2015 - CityLab

Many Urban Cities Now Welcome Walmart

Walmart stores -- once vilified by cities for their impact on local smaller retailers -- are now getting the red carpet treatment from some urban cities. Walmart has adapted its store design, and cities need the tax revenue from large retailers.

January 3, 2012 - Shopping Centers Today

Creating Neighborhood Capital from Strip Malls

Strip malls are in virtually every American city, but they're rarely an important part of those cities. Ava Bromberg says they can be. Her idea is to turn strip malls into community-owned hubs that generate capital within their neighborhood and keep it there.

October 1, 2009 - Nate Berg

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