The rapid expansion of online commerce has led to doom-and-gloom predictions of a retail apocalypse for brick-and-mortar stores. Headlines point to store closures, bankruptcies and changes in how, where and why consumers spend their money. To planners, such trends could demonstrate a need to approach land use in novel ways, including retrofitting malls and industrial buildings, creating flexible spaces and ensuring a population to support existing businesses. For economic development professionals, such trends might indicate a need for creative incentive strategies or tax levies.
Learn from local economic development professionals and planners about the state of retail and land use and governance strategies to accommodate a shifting retail landscape.
Report from Christopher B. Leinberger and Tracy Hadden Loh that presents case studies to describe the prcoess of catalytic development and its impact on creating walkable communities
The International Downtown Association provides tools, research and strategies for creating healthy and dynamic town centers around the world.
The study aimed to identify and recommend action that government and private sector agencies may pursue to enhance the long-term vibrancy of downtown retail.