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Main Streets are Obsolete

Main Streets are Obsolete

Over at the blog for the Natural Resources Defense Council, Kaid Benfield asserts that we may have a sentimental attachment to an urban form that doesn’t work any more:  traditional main streets.  This is a rather contrarian approach from someone from a “tree hugging” organization: The places in America that still have successful Main Streets […]

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Are Apps Killing Jobs?

Are Apps Killing Jobs?

That’s the issue recently raised in the Wall Street Journal: Personal computing and the Internet have been pecking away at the labor landscape for decades, undermining demand for everyone from travel agents to call-center workers while creating jobs in other fields. The mobile-device boom, which is putting a camera, touch screen, and a high-speed Internet […]

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Experience-based Retail:  It’s Everywhere

Experience-based Retail: It’s Everywhere

We are big believers in the importance of “experience-based” retail in age of on-line shopping.  Downtowns can’t just sell goods and services anymore.  In order to attract shoppers, they have to provide a compelling experience that will draw consumers into the retail area.  As if to prove the point, Syracuse’s Destiny USA is completing its […]

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Fairweather Consulting & “Successful Main Streets”

Fairweather Consulting & “Successful Main Streets”

Tonight we are presenting our work on creating main street strategies for the hamlets of Phoenicia, Pine Hill and Shokan in the Catskills Mountains of New York. The Watershed Post has the story: The Ulster County Planning Department will be sharing the results of their work to create a “Main Street Strategic Toolbox” for the […]

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America’s Greatest Main Streets?

America’s Greatest Main Streets?

Travel and Leisure magazine has put together a list of what they consider to be America’s greatest main streets.  The work of such activists and preservationists is acknowledged each year by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Great American Main Streets Awards and by the American Planning Association’s Great Places in America: Streets. We scoured […]

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The Mauling of Enclosed Malls

The Mauling of Enclosed Malls

We’ve mentioned this before.  Enclosed shopping malls, those retail juggernauts of the 20th Century, are dropping like flies.  Over at Greater Greater Washington, Dan Malouf has the latest from the Washington, DC area: The reasons malls have closed vary as much as the malls themselves. Some closed because they were housed in cheap buildings that […]

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