Protecting Historic Buildings From Chain Drugstores

Date: 1 Oct 2001 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Several years ago the major drugstore chains—CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and Eckerd—lost interest in strip malls and began to focus their expansion plans on prominent downtown intersections. As Walgreens CEO Daniel Jorndt told the New York Times, the chain’s preferred location these days is "the corner of Main and Main." Often, of course, these intersections are occupied by some of the community’s oldest and most significant buildings. … Read More

Pittsburgh Redevelopment Plan Dropped

Date: 1 Jan 2001 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Small business owners and neighborhood activists were elated in November when Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy decided to drop his controversial downtown redevelopment plan. The $522 million project involved demolishing 60 historic buildings and condemning 120 mostly locally owned businesses. In their place, Murphy sought to build a massive retail complex, anchored by a Nordstrom department store and several dozen national chains. … Read More

Santa Cruz Measure Ensures Diversity Of Downtown Businesses

Date: 1 Nov 2000 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

After a 1989 earthquake destroyed virtually all of its central business district, the city of Santa Cruz, California adopted the Downtown Recovery Plan (DRP), a comprehensive policy for rebuilding the downtown in accordance with several community goals. A decade later, many of these objectives have been met. Downtown Santa Cruz is a healthy, pedestrian-oriented mix of commercial, residential, and public uses. … Read More

Pittsburgh Businesses Fighting Massive Retail Complex

Date: 1 Aug 2000 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Local activists and business owners in Pittsburgh are fighting Mayor Tom Murphy’s plan to use eminent domain to destroy 60 buildings and condemn 125 mostly locally owned businesses. In their place, Murphy wants to build a massive retail complex, anchored by a Nordstrom department store and several dozen national chains such as The Gap, FAO Schwarz, and J Crew. … Read More

Mamaroneck, Ny Enacts Law Governing Development Beyond Its Borders

Date: 1 Aug 2000 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The town of Mamaroneck, New York recently took steps to protect its character and environment from large-scale developments that abut, adjoin, or are adjacent to its borders. Under a zoning ordinance enacted in April, the town now requires these developments to undergo a comprehensive review and obtain a permit from the Mamaroneck Town Board. … Read More