City Journal, Urban Shopping In and Out of Downtown

My latest City Journal article has been posted over at the Raleigh Public Record. I took a look at other urban-style shopping and retail centers in Raleigh, mainly North Hills and Lafayette Village, and compared them to downtown Raleigh.

During the past few decades, Raleigh, like the rest of the country, is shopping differently. Yes, online spending continues to grow, but spending “in real life,” or in shopping centers, is changing, too. Urban in style with a mix of uses is the new trend in retail development, and in Raleigh, a few locations offer shoppers goods, services, and a place to socialize.

*Retail Becomes More Urban, Social

It’s interesting that there are some very similar qualities between these places and downtown. However, the dynamic is different in that downtown has hundreds of property owners while retailers work with just a single entity in the others.

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  1. The Days of the Malls are about to end. Not Right away But at some point, will end.I have lived in Raleigh now for Ten Years, coming from New York I have always shopped at Merchant stores that carry name brand clothing like in the Malls for about almost the same price. Also a quick bite to eat just a few blocks away and it was all done Downtown. Bringing Retailers like JC Penny or Marshalls. Nieman-Marcus Macy’s just to name a few to Downtown I believe and Hope will Boost up Raleigh in a big way.

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