Rumors of the Retail Apocalypse are Greatly Exaggerated

By Greg Miller, Chief Executive Officer and President of Henry S. Miller Cos.

The retail market, both online and in physical stores, is evolving dramatically due in large part to Amazon’s continuing domination of online sales — i.e. the “Amazon effect.” However, there is no retail apocalypse, just ever increasing disruption.

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How To Secure Financing For Retail In Today’s Climate

By: Gary E. Mozer, Principal/Co-Founder, George Smith Partners

Retail financing, both debt and equity, has become a challenge for many owners, developers and investors throughout the U.S. based on negative press about retail, a perception that the internet will take down many tenants and the weak financial condition of a number of large retailers.

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Understanding Placemaking: Nine Principles to Live By

Jan Gehl states: “First life, then spaces, then buildings – the other way around never works.”

Placemaking is about creating a space for human experiences.

In the simplest form Placemaking is about transforming and activating a space into a Place. It is about crafting elements to support activity and foster social interaction, involving the process of matching the right offerings, experiences, and environment. The goal is to create something of value for the community. As designers we can only create the structure for this to happen with a multidisciplinary approach. Here are nine quick tips when thinking about Placemaking:

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5 Things Las Vegas Can Teach RECon Attendees About the New Retail Environment

Las Vegas is known for many things, with novel, unique experiences being at the top of the list. It is, after all, the Entertainment Capital of the World. As retail experts the world over descended upon the city to learn about providing more experiences that get people off their couches and into their establishments, they were convening in a city that is the ideal case study. 

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