Urban Retail

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Strategies for good urban retail

We need a sensible approach to mixed use that reflects realities and limitations of retail, while also maintaining a commitment to vibrant streetlife.

Thu, Jul 2nd 2015 2:22pm
More businesses choose downtowns and walkable locations

As I reported earlier this year, more and more businesses are choosing to locate in downtowns and walkable suburban locations, in part to attract younger workers who prefer a less car-dependent, more urban lifestyle.

Thu, Jul 2nd 2015 10:27am
A new village for compact regional growth

Form Ithaca examined how spread-out growth in the Town of Ithaca can be reorganized into a village with a complete street connecting to downtown.

Wed, Jun 10th 2015 10:11am
L.L.Bean commits to Easton Town Center, both short- and long-term

L.L. Bean Inc. is opening a new store in Columbus, and the retailer will give the market a months-long sneak peek in the run-up to the real thing. The Freeport, Maine-based outdoor retailer Wednesday said it will open a 20,600- square-foot store at Easton town Center by October or November in a standalone building currently home to the Container Store. That store is moving to a new space this year in the nearby Easton Gateway shopping center.

Mon, Jun 8th 2015 12:48am
LIVING SPACE: Retail Developers are Increasingly Adding Homes to the Mix

Steiner & Associates, an old hand in the mixed-use construction game, is lead developerin a live-work-play enterprise in Cincinnati called Liberty Center, to be co-developed by Bucksbaum Retail Properties. This will feature about 250 upscale vertical residences in the phased 1.1 million-square-foot urban development rising along Interstate 75 and slated to make its debut this year.

Fri, May 8th 2015 3:33pm
How does the missing middle housing fit within communities?

Since my first article on Missing Middle Housing was published in 2012 in what was then New Urban News, the concept has rapidly gained interest from the private and public sectors across the country.

Wed, Apr 8th 2015 8:36am
Crosstown Groundbreaking - Breaking New Ground

 The Crosstown redevelopment project reached a ceremonial milestone as it officially broke ground this past Saturday. After five years of planning and designing, the project team shares more of their vision of the revitalization of this iconic building to the Memphis community.The building, thought of as a "vertical urban village", will house arts, education, healthcare, retail, commercial, and residential spaces in 1.5 million square feet. The project is expected to be complete in 2017. Meanwhile, see more renderings of what's to come on the LRK Crosstown project page or the Crosstown Concourse design page.

Wed, Mar 18th 2015 7:15pm
Good news, bad news: Placemaking marred by traffic engineering

Bridgeport, CT, is launching a large-scale redevelopment of an underutilized waterfront, but when will engineers understand human ecology?

Wed, Mar 4th 2015 11:51am
Easton Gateway to welcome 13 new stores, restaurants

Easton Gateway will add 13 tenants to its lineup in the coming months, with some moving over from nearby Easton Town Center. With the additions, Easton Gateway is moving rapidly toward filling its 54-acre site.“We expect by the end of the year we will fill all the space,” said Beau Arnason, executive vice president at Easton operator Steiner + Associates. “There are probably a handful (of spaces) in the 12,000- to 15,000-square-foot size — medium box size — that are still available, but not a lot."

Wed, Feb 4th 2015 11:49pm
A new village wins Community of the Year
The Village of Providence, a remarkable project that was named the National Association of Homebuilders' Community of the Year for 2014, also launched my career in New Urbanism.
Sat, Jan 24th 2015 10:27am
Building a village: The growing trend of mixed-use developments

With an eye on flexibility and livability, Memphis real estate professionals continue to turn toward mixed-use developments. Successful local projects are proving the city's mindset on mixed use is shifting, and more could be on the way.

Tue, Dec 30th 2014 3:56pm
The comforts of home: Mixed-use projects have become a consumer home base

 When Liberty Center opens in Cincinnati next fall, it will leverage its full-scale mixed-use offerings—such as a CineBistro theater, lofty lineup of retail, restaurants, residential and office space, as well as lush landscaping and natural gathering places—to bring a sense of place and community to the area. The project is being developed by Steiner + Associates and Bucksbaum Retail Properties.

Thu, Dec 18th 2014 3:32pm
Bob Gibbs to Lead Retail Workshop with Terry Shook and Daryl Davis

Retail planner and consultant Bob Gibbs will be joined by Terry Shook, an expert in retail design and main street development, and Seaside town center developer, Daryl Davis, to present this one-of-a-kind retail workshop.

Thu, Dec 11th 2014 11:06am
Easton Gateway announces exciting new tenants

Easton is proud to announce the arrival of the entirely new shopping district known as Easton Gateway! With 500,000 square feet of specialty retail, restaurants and service tenants, Easton Gateway strives to deliver an enhanced shopping experience. Costco, Dick's, Sak's Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Pies & Pints, and REI are already open for business with Melt Bar & Grilled and more soon at Easton Gateway.

Thu, Dec 4th 2014 1:41pm
The artisan’s delight

For mixing light industrial with residential, the Hackeschen Hofe in Berlin provides an inspiring and successful example.

Mon, Nov 10th 2014 12:32pm
For smart growth, not all density is created equal

People feel attracted to and comfortable in historic neighborhoods is not just because of their familiarity and walkability but also because they present urban density at a human scale.

Mon, Oct 6th 2014 9:35am
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. 

Tue, Sep 9th 2014 11:54pm
UDA in Moscow

Urban Design Associates (UDA) recently collaborated with the State Unitary Enterprise “Research and Project Institute of Moscow City Master Plan” (IGP) on the design of the new business center for recently annexed territory southwest of Moscow’s city center.

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Mon, Aug 18th 2014 9:06pm
Five steps to a complete community

Here are changes needed to make a small apartment complex in Chico truly walkable.

Thu, Jul 24th 2014 11:02am
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.

Wed, Jun 25th 2014 9:59am
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.

Fri, Jun 20th 2014 11:43am
Let the best dream win

The old American Dream of keeping up with the Joneses built the suburbs. The new one could rebuild our cities, towns, and neighborhoods and revitalize the suburbs for our children.

Thu, May 8th 2014 9:26am
UNUM's Visioning in Chattanooga

With the assistance of Urban Design Associates, a design charrette was held in April 2014 to explore mixed-use development concepts with participation from UNUM, the downtown campus of University of Tennessee Chattanooga (UTC), the City, developers, and major stakeholders.

Sun, May 4th 2014 11:42pm
HUD expected to further ease restrictions on mixed-use financing

The administrative change to follow recent successful FHA standards, according to CNU president John Norquist.

Wed, Apr 2nd 2014 8:22am
An exurban town sees the benefits of walkability

Londonderry, New Hampshire, could be a model for New England suburbs to organize growth at the metropolitan edge. 

Mon, Mar 24th 2014 10:10am

Editor's Picks

Urban grocers proliferate

Demographic and market conditions are causing supermarkets in the District of Columbia region and elsewhere to modify their designs and fit walkable neighborhoods.

Wed, May 19th 2010 2:03pm
Four keys to successful town centers

Yaromir Steiner explains four important rules for regional urban centers:

Tue, Feb 16th 2010 2:16pm


More businesses choose downtowns and walkable locations

As I reported earlier this year, more and more businesses are choosing to locate in downtowns and walkable suburban locations, in part to attract younger workers who prefer a less car-dependent, more urban lifestyle.

Thu, Jul 2nd 2015 10:27am
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.

Tue, Dec 24th 2013 9:51am
Atlanta, hotbed of walkable real estate

If the poster-child city for suburban sprawl is fertile ground for mixed-use, compact development, then the trend must be strong.

Thu, Oct 3rd 2013 8:54am