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Suburban Renewal:  Re-Using Dead Shopping Malls

Suburban Renewal: Re-Using Dead Shopping Malls

The Atlantic recently ran a story on the fate of some of the nation’s many abandoned “big box” malls.  Their fate is somewhat surprising: The Highland Mall in Austin, Texas, for instance, was named one of “America’s Most Endangered Malls” by U.S. News & World Report in 2009. One of the first suburban malls in […]

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How will Retail be affected by Online Shopping in 2014?

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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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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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