Category: Municipalities

Retail Innovation Districts: The Community Outfitters

For many decades, the downtown, metropolitan area of a city was considered the central breeding ground for innovation and economic development. Establishing a retail chain within a metropolitan hub was considered the benchmark of success and the most sure-fire means to increase exposure and boost sales. However, a new...
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Climate Change Preparedness: Cities Planning for a Rising Tide

Hurricane Sandy and other recent events have highlighted the vulnerability of coastal cities to the effects of climate change, which appear to include more frequent and more extensive coastal flooding. In the wake of these events, coastal cities such as Boston and New York City have undertaken comprehensive climate...
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Retail Business Incubators Bolstering Local Economies

Vacancy rates are still well above historic levels in neighborhood and community shopping centers and on “main streets” nationwide -- a lingering effect of the economic downturn in 2008-2009 . In response, some retail owners, nonprofits and municipalities are experimenting with retail business incubators as a means to fill...
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Whole Foods Faces Unique Form of NIMBY-ism in One Boston Neighborhood

NIMBY-ism is nothing new for developers, retail and otherwise, who see their best-laid plans assailed by those averse to such “Not In My Back Yard” staples as traffic, density, building height and (often unspoken) poorer newcomers. In the Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain (“JP”), however, Texas-based organic grocer Whole...
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