Retail Entertainment Districts Archive

More evidence: Main streets are in, malls are out: For the last few decades, we were pretty much forced to drive
How to develop an indie retail center without going upscale?: So how does one develop a new independent-business retail center as an
Why building a CoolTown retail center isn’t easy… yet: …and that’s defined as a retail-entertainment destination town center of innovative, local,
Lessons learned from a grassroots multi-merchant event: The U Street Shopper Social in MidCity, Washington DC, highlighted yesterday, has
Merchants take matters into their own hands: Yesterday’s entry on how independent businesses can work together by forming strategic
Independent businesses go interdependent to compete: How can independent businesses possibly compete with the marketing clout of the
A quick review of San Jose’s Santana Row: Santana Row in San Jose, CA does not have any housing that
But where are the people?: While the Fruitvale Village development profiled yesterday is indeed a success story
Oakland’s inspiring Fruitvale Village: In continuing a look at the most innovative new developments in the
Berkeley’s 4th Street – a destination with destinations: Great retail entertainment districts not only provide a strong sense of place,
The retail entertainment trend: Bay Street, Emeryville: It’s now a common evolutional trend where retail is merging with entertainment.
Internet helping revive downtowns?: This says it all, from a successful small business owner: “The internet
Pedestrian malls – good or bad?: There’s long been the usual insistence by veteran planners not to implement
Bringing the ‘experience’ to downtown shoppers: Downtown independent retailers don’t have the financial muscle or exposure of the
The first internationally themed public market: It’s a global economy, so how can small businesses compete? They can
Main street mall – oxymoron?: There’s been a heated discussion lately in at the urbanism watering hole,
Maintaining great retail entertainment downtowns: What are the primary trends, positive and negative, in creating and maintaining
4 days of cool new attitudes for old main streets: “Showcasing historic buildings and innovative ideas that bring new businesses, new people,
Back to the future main street: The 14th & U main street district in Washington DC was a
A strong brand identity helps prevent brain damage: The merchants that make up thriving arts & entertainment/nightlife districts should get
Who will make downtowns succeed?: Successful downtowns require a successful retail district. Today, that retail district must
Educational culture meets retail: The conflicts: Museums and performing arts centers are struggling amid public budget
The merging of entertainment and retail: Main streets are no longer the department-store-oriented retail districts they used to
Why are these banners worth $50K?: They’re worth at least that much a year in cash to a
The secret to Boulder’s downtown pedestrian street?: Boulder’s downtown pedestrian street (Pearl Street) is one of only a few
Every main street needs a Ben’s Chili Bowl: In addition to the new and exciting restaurants and shops (eg the
Do you live in a CoolTown or CloneTown?: Is it a place full of cool, or clones? The people at
Go for the ‘Madonna effect: That’s the advice of downtown consultant Susan Nigra Snyder of CivicVisions, in
“Spending at neighbors’ stores changes the world”: That’s the tagline of this article on why independent businesses rock, and
The four phases of urban retail revitalization: According to Steven Gartner, president of Metro Commercial Real Estate, the revitalization