Dealing with urban retail

Field & Stream brings hunter’s paradise to Easton Town Center

The great outdoors just got a little more crowded. The new Field & Stream store officially opens today at Easton Gateway, joining an explosion of outdoors retail that has taken place in central Ohio during the past few years. 

Easton Gateway designed to create a big draw

Dorsky + Yue is working on the next phase of Easton Town Center for Georgetown and Steiner + Associates called Easton Gateway. Nearly 15 years after the original center opened, Easton Gateway will introduce a grocery- and power-anchored component. The 600,000-square-foot project adds more amenities and retail to the iconic development in Columbus, Ohio. The project is anchored by Costco, REI, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Saks Off 5th and Whole Foods Market.

A run-down alley is transformed with micro-shops

The conversion of an alley to utilitarian shopfronts is "dragging civilization westward a block" in downtown Ithaca, the developer says.

Do African Americans not shop at Trader Joe's?

When class conflict is placed front and center in political battles over revitalization, existing residents are often the biggest losers.

The business case for compact cities and towns

Innovation and access to good employees -- two reasons why businesses are choosing to locate in walkable downtowns and towns centers.

Welcome the age of the 'anti-mall' (maybe?)

Anti-malls are the new malls.  So proclaims the staff of DC area booster magazine Washingtonian, in a fun compendium of “The Best of Washington: 62 Reasons to Love Our City."

Malls lose their grip: Good news or bad for the built environment?

Hanging out on social media is beginning to replace hanging out in shopping malls for many American teenagers. Some well-known retailers are suffering the consequences.

Downtown big box store cuts driving

A study recently argued in the Journal of Transport and Land Use that locating a big box store near downtown can reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) significantly in a particular community.

US commercial buildings are redevelopment assets

According to the book Reshaping Metropolitan America, about half of all nonresidential structures in the US will be “ripe for redevelopment” in 2030. Many of these are commercial strip retail buildings with large parking lots or dated office buildings on suburban sites, according to an article in the current issue of Better! Cities & Towns. The annual report Emerging Trends in Real Estate notes that many suburban retail and office properties across the US are languishing in value and may not be worth refurbishing. All in all, 50 billion square feet of commercial space in the US will need redeveloping by 2030, says Reshaping Metropolitan America author Arthur C. Nelson. One of the challenges to redeveloping such sites, however, is that they are often located on commercial strip corridors that are not appealing for mixed-use development. That challenge could be addressed by “complete streets” projects on major thoroughfares that need to be rebuilt anyway, setting the stage for redevelopment.

Why retail design is important

Much of the future built environment will be determined by how commercial sites are developed.

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