Streetlife: Urban Retail Dynamics and Prospects

Edited by Conrad Kickert and Emily Talen

© 2021

Our street-level economy is undergoing dramatic change. Retailers are reeling from the rise of e-commerce, rising rents, and storefront vacancy, along with a cultural shift from material to experiential consumerism. Today, the COVID-19 pandemic is contributing to an 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 neighborhood need. 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.

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  • Page Count: 264 pages
  • Illustrations: 25
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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Streetlife reflects on the purpose, value, and meaning of our long valued but often taken for granted urban storefronts.

Streetlife: Urban Retail Dynamics and Prospects

Edited by Conrad Kickert and Emily Talen

© 2021

Our street-level economy is undergoing dramatic change. Retailers are reeling from the rise of e-commerce, rising rents, and storefront vacancy, along with a cultural shift from material to experiential consumerism. Today, the COVID-19 pandemic is contributing to an 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 neighborhood need. 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.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 264 pages
  • Illustrations: 25
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Conrad Kickert is an assistant professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Buffalo.


    Emily Talen is a professor in the Social Sciences Division at the University of Chicago.
  • Table of contents

    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?
    Rachel Meltzer

    The Case of E-Commerce

    Bricks and Clicks
    Liz Mack

    The Changing Demand for Urban Retail Space: Evidence from Canada
    Christopher Daniel and Tony Hernandez

    Online Sales and the British Urban Retail Hierarchy
    Colin Jones

    The Survival of Mom-and-Pops

    Small Business Survival: How and Why?
    Vikas Mehta

    Can Mom and Pop Stores Survive? A Survey of Small Retailers in Chicago
    Emily Talen

    What’s in a Chain?: On Hipness, Corporate Stores, and False Dichotomies in Urban Life
    Jeffrey Nathaniel Parker

    Retail, Place, and Place-Making

    Retail Scenes
    Hyesun Jeong and Terry Clark

    Main Street Morphology, Adaptability, and Resilience
    Rosa Danenberg

    Retail in the Mix
    Matthew Carmona

    Toward Solutions

    Curating Main Streets: The Factors of Success
    Michael W. Mehaffy and Tigran Haas

    The Spatial Logic of Urban Retail
    Conrad Kickert

    The Future of American Urban Retail Real Estate
    Heather Arnold

    Conclusion: Urban Retail Redefined
    Conrad Kickert and Emily Talen

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