A Research Agenda for New Urbanism
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A Research Agenda for New Urbanism

Edited by Emily Talen

New Urbanism, a movement devoted to building walkable, socially diversity cities, has garnered some successes and some failures over the past several decades. A Research Agenda for New Urbanism is a forward-looking book composed of chapters by leading scholars of New Urbanism. Authors focus on multiple topics, including affordability, transportation, social life and retail to highlight the areas of research that are most important for the future of the field. The book summarizes what we know and what we need to know to provide a research agenda that will have the greatest promise and most positive impact on building the best possible human habitat—which is the aim of New Urbanism.
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Chapter 4: Retail

Conrad Kickert

Abstract

More research is needed on the opportunities, dynamics and challenges of urban retail. How do retail agglomeration, stratification and compatibility affect retail success and failure? We need an updated typology of urban retail dynamics. As retailers increasingly coexist with bars and restaurants on urban streets, what kind of mix is successful? Researchers need to expand the current focus on abstract demographics, spreadsheet analysis and standardized site selection processes. Much could be learned from European and American evolutions in spatial research. Furthermore, the correlation between urban retail revitalization and gentrification and homogenization needs further study.

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