The former Paradise Valley Mall will undergo a conversion to a mixed-use community with homes, offices, and stores.
The theoretical planning of smart cities could help make city economies stronger as purchasing becomes more straightforward.
It's not only mom and pop shops that suffer from over-reliance on online shopping: streets and the environment also suffer the consequences.
More online shopping means fewer consumers are spending money at brick-and-mortar stores, with suburban malls hit especially hard. But municipalities are looking for creative strategies to navigate a post-mall world.
Examining congestion data from 94 Chinese cities before and after Alibaba's Singles' Day, this study found evidence for a modest drop in traffic following the Cyber Monday-like event.
How and where are people shopping for groceries online?
The Houston Chronicle
Live music, skating rinks, and artificial beaches are now part of developments that want to go beyond just simple shopping and dining.
The Washington Post
Stores are an integral part of the cityscape. So how will online shopping change what we see in the coming years?
The Boston Globe
In places like San Jose, "new approaches to the storefront" are paying dividends for physical retailers willing to experiment.
The rise of online retail has come with a flurry of delivery trucks that don't always have good places to stop. Researchers from Amazon's hometown are on the case.
Landscape Architecture Magazine
Ross Stores continues its expansion in the face of a much-foretold retail apocalypse. The shopping experience it provides may be one reason it can stand up to Amazon.
The Business Journals
Sears, Macy's, and The Limited are among chain apparel stores closing locations all around the United States.
The Chicago Tribune
Services like Amazon Prime and other quick delivery online retailers are creating more demand for short trip delivery, the result is streets jammed with vans. Bikes may offer an alternative.
Articles that claim online commerce have surpassed sales at brick and mortar stores are wrong, according to an article on City Observatory.
Online shopping and gentrification is fueling a bona fide building boom of warehouse spaces in Chicago.
Crain's Chicago Business
As consumers increasingly buy online, technology is changing the shape of our cities, reducing demand for retail space, increasing freight congestion, and leaving parking lots empty.
Despite claims that urban truck traffic continues to rise, recent data shows no real increase in urban vehicle miles traveled. Online shopping may be helping keep people off the roads.
City Observatory City Commentary
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.
On his Per Square Mile blog, Tim de Chant has been kind enough to answer one of mankind's biggest existential questions: What’s more energy efficient, shopping online or in stores?
Per Square Mile