|Heather Arnold from Streetsense and Kim Driggins from DC|
Office of Planning have plenty of Southeast Love!
It is one thing to say you want a vibrant retail corridor, it is another thing entirely to know how to go about achieving it. My honest opinion? Although well intentioned, most community members, small businesses and even
In order to attract and retain a better class of retail to our business districts it is imperative that we take an honest look at how we appear to them. Otherwise, we are destined for more of the same and according to most of my readers, they aren't that happy with the status quo.
P.S. Do me a solid and just ignore the less than flattering photos of yours truly. Even The Advoc8te is entitled to an off day. :)
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The District has only a third of the retail per capita that you can find in the suburbs, Tregoning says. It's a statistic that just doesn't make sense in a city like Washington. "I almost feel like the sky's the limit for us because we are so grossly underretailed," Tregoning says.
The District contracted Streetsense, a Bethesda-based for-profit company that specializes in creating mixed-use communities. The Office of Planning asked Streetsense to figure out what D.C. streets needed to attract visitors -- and the retailers who were interested in them.
To achieve that goal, Streetsense looked at streets -- large and small -- that have successfully attracted a desirable mix of retail stores. "We came up with this methodology to basically study great streets around the world that we thought were aspirational streets," says Heather Arnold, director for research and analysis at Streetsense.
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