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Changes in On-Line Retail May be Good News for Downtowns

Changes in On-Line Retail May be Good News for Downtowns

Kevin Drum has this take on how the changing world of e-commerce may be good news for your local downtown: The Wall Street Journal reports that foot traffic in retail outlets plummeted this holiday season: A long-term change in shopper habits has reduced store traffic—perhaps permanently—and shifted pricing power away from malls and big-box retailers. […]

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Some of What We’ve Been Up to Lately

Some of What We’ve Been Up to Lately

In this video, Peter Fairweather is interviewed about the economic development strategy Fairweather Consulting created for Simsbury, CT.   You can visit the project website here.

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Why do we have all those restaurants downtown?

Why do we have all those restaurants downtown?

We see this more and more in downtowns in affluent areas:  the old central business district dominated by a plethora of restaurants.  Over at Architect, Aaron Betsky has some thoughts about why this is happening: As sprawl itself spreads, downtown areas become magnets for social activities, rather than for work, living, or shopping, and the […]

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Trends in Online Retail: Shoppable Content and Curated Commerce

Trends in Online Retail: Shoppable Content and Curated Commerce

E-commerce continues to increase in its sophistication and reach.  strategy+business recently highlighted some new developments that include a four-part romantic comedy, Falling for You, launched by Target that enabled viewers to simultaneously purchase the clothes worn by characters in each scene.  And the introduction of “shoppable content” is just the beginning: Each episode became a […]

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The Next Big Public Health Breakthrough:  Walking

The Next Big Public Health Breakthrough: Walking

For years, planners have been advocating the creation of “walkable” neighborhoods.  Now, according to Citiwire, they are getting some powerful allies in public health and corporate America: More than 100 organizations, ranging from the National PTA to the American Lung Association to AARP to NAACP to Nike, were at the meeting. Despite their varied missions, […]

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