Contrary to some predictions, e-commerce has not made brick-and-mortar retail a thing of the past. Instead, as attendees at a ULI Spring Meeting session learned, shopping and dining are making critical contributions to activating urban spaces and helping shopping centers continuously evolve. Retail center owner/operator Westfield has actually acquired an off-Broadway theater company to enliven the shopping experience, while Nordstrom excites customers with pop-ups featuring everything from Hermes to Kylie Jenner. Learn more from Leslie Braunstein’s article in Urban Land magazine.
The long-awaited opening of acclaimed True Food Kitchen in Bethesda, MD is scheduled for Wednesday, June 14, 2017. This sophisticated, healthy dining concept will occupy the entire 6,400 square foot retail space in Washington Property Company’s Solaire Bethesda luxury apartment community, which delivered in late 2016 and has been leasing rapidly.
What simple act, if widely adopted, could kick urban revitalization up to the next level? Could it be . . . falling in love? Peter Kageyama, author of For the Love of Cities, recently brought his unconventional philosophy to the Urban Land Institute. Jason Hall also took to the ULI stage to discuss how he created a virtual revolution in beleaguered Detroit—just by riding a bike. Read this and other articles by Leslie Braunstein in Urban Land magazine online.
Bethesda, MD-based Washington Property Company has completed construction of its latest and most upscale urban living destination, Solaire Bethesda, with 139 luxury rental apartments atop street-level retail space that will feature a True Food Kitchen restaurant scheduled to open in early 2017.