Streetlife: Urban Retail Dynamics and Prospects
Published: January 2023© 2022
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 368 Pages
Illustrations: 38 b&w illustrations, 15 b&w maps, 39 b&w figures, 33 b&w tables
Dimensions: 6.20 x 9.25
368 Pages, 6.20 x 9.25 x 1.00 in, 38 b&w illustrations, 15 b&w maps, 39 b&w figures, 33 b&w tables
Our street-level economy is undergoing dramatic change. Retailers are reeling from the rise of e-commerce, rising rents, and increasing storefront vacancies, along with a cultural shift from material to experiential consumerism. Today, the COVID-19 pandemic is contributing to economic upheaval as commercial corridors and the small businesses they house face sweeping closures, bankruptcy, and job losses.
Streetlife brings together scholars who have been trying to make sense of the changing retail landscape at street level and what it means for urbanism’s future. Streetlife pays special attention to the varied responses and policies that have emerged to address the competing realities of small business loss and neighbourhood needs. With case studies from the United States, as well as contributions covering Canada and Europe, this book demystifies the logic behind street-level urban retail and calls for better plans, designs, policies, and innovations to bolster sales.
Streetlife shows that now, more than ever before, we need to understand what makes our storefronts tick, what awaits them, and what we can do as planners, designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and policymakers to maintain retail as integral to urban lifestyle.
Introduction: The Urban Retail Predicament
Conrad Kickert and Emily Talen
Retail Trends and Transformations
The Life and Death of Retail: Insights from Firm Demography
Luc Anselin and Irene Farah
The Ups and Downs of Retail, 2000–2015
Kevin Credit, Irene Farah, and Luc Anselin
Commercial Gentrification: What Happens to Businesses and Services when the Neighborhood Changes?
The Case of E-Commerce
Bricks and Clicks
The Changing Demand for Urban Retail Space: Evidence from Canada
Christopher Daniel and Tony Hernandez
Online Sales and the British Urban Retail Hierarchy
The Survival of Mom-and-Pops
Small Business Survival: How and Why?
Can Mom and Pop Stores Survive? A Survey of Small Retailers in Chicago
What’s in a Chain?: On Hipness, Corporate Stores, and False Dichotomies in Urban Life
Jeffrey Nathaniel Parker
Retail, Place, and Place-Making
Hyesun Jeong and Terry Clark
Main Street Morphology, Adaptability, and Resilience
Retail in the Mix
Curating Main Streets: The Factors of Success
Michael W. Mehaffy and Tigran Haas
The Spatial Logic of Urban Retail
The Future of American Urban Retail Real Estate
Conclusion: Urban Retail Redefined
Conrad Kickert and Emily Talen
"Conrad Kickert, Emily Talen, and a group of interdisciplinary contributors bring together a timely and much-needed discussion of the future of urban retail. From shocks caused by e-commerce and COVID-19 to the gradually changing demographic realitiesand preferences for urban amenities, the book offers an indispensable compass for navigating not the demise but the twenty-first-century reorientation of urban street life."Andres Sevtsuk, Associate Professor of Urban Science and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Even the heartiest of main streets have been challenged by a harsh mix of retail shifts, gentrification, the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and human foibles. This lovely volume offers us sound analysis and careful advice – main street lovers will find it just what they need to imagine a path forward!"Mindy Thompson Fullilove, author of Main Street: How a City's Heart Connects Us All