May 17, 2017, 7am PDT
Headquarters campus of Amazon will include housing for homeless who would have been displaced by the company’s purchase of the hotel that included their shelter.
April 14, 2017, 7am PDT
Retail across the US is shrinking precipitously. Where does that leave parking? Scott Doyon has pointers on not applying old logic to new dynamics.
April 7, 2017, 2pm PDT
The latest Chapter 11 in a familiar story.
March 21, 2017, 9am PDT
While much has been made of the suburban shopping mall's decline, successful urban retail spaces are taking their inspiration from the humble city street.
March 18, 2017, 5am PDT
Competition from online retailers forced many physical stores to close their doors, that trend could be headed for grocery stores next.
The Atlanta Business Chronicle
March 3, 2017, 1pm PST
In Chicago, which has seen closures by retailers like Sears, Macy's, and others, Mayor Emanuel is offering some relief in the form of grants.
February 17, 2017, 11am PST
Amazon Go stores started in the ground floor of an Amazon office building. The company is trying other retail experiments, like a drive-up grocery store, in Seattle, where executives can watch the experiments up close.
November 8, 2016, 6am PST
Articles that claim online commerce have surpassed sales at brick and mortar stores are wrong, according to an article on City Observatory.
July 31, 2016, 5am PDT
How do you define a cool city? What makes a street or neighborhood hip? It's not too difficult to identify the right ingredients; it's putting them together that becomes the challenge.
Indianapolis Business Journal
March 15, 2016, 6am PDT
Thought eh majority of grocery stores that have closed in New York City recent years were located in Brooklyn, the issue still spreads far and wide through the city's boroughs.
March 8, 2016, 1pm PST
Need some pointers on how to make downtown retail sing? Check out Hazel Borys' crib notes on Bob Gibbs' directions.
February 4, 2016, 6am PST
The Terraces, a mixed-use project in Charlottesville, Virginia, adopts a design that reflects its historic downtown surroundings. Oliver Kuttner, the developer, says that "breaking up" large buildings can make them more palatable on street level.
January 5, 2016, 7am PST
The changes sweeping New York City include the end of Manhattan's Music Row.
December 14, 2015, 11am PST
Temporary storefronts—for everything from high fashion to big-box retailers to "foodie"-favored restaurants—are all the rage. A new study quantifies the economic clout of pop-up businesses.
New York Business Journal
November 14, 2015, 1pm PST
Using Greenwood, Indiana as an example, Eric McAfee discusses how the value of individual suburban malls depreciates over time. Shiny new shopping centers compensate for inevitable vacancies in older ones.
September 18, 2015, 11am PDT
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
February 1, 2015, 9am PST
Scott Beyer details the old real estate wisdom of "retail follows rooftops," especially as evidenced by cities like Cleveland in recent years.
February 21, 2014, 6am PST
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?
January 24, 2014, 8am PST
Sears, Macy's, and J.C. Penney are among the national retailers who've announced substantial store closings recently. Retail industry experts believe the closures are just the beginning of an approaching "tsunami" of shrinking and shuttering stores.
November 30, 2013, 5am PST
Across the United States, brick-and-mortar stores are engaged in an existential war with online retailers. The newest weapons in the battle for customers are technologies that make the search for a parking spot a cinch.