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Principles of Urban Retail Planning and Development 1st Edition

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"Robert J. Gibbs, a charter member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, looks at what it takes to build a shopping center that thrives. He outlines every ingredient, from business models. . . and structure. . . to storefront design and parking." (Landscape Architecture Magazine, May 2012)

"Every component of this book is organized systematically. Gibbs conveys his expertise with rigorous clarity. This guide should prove invaluable for anyone who wants to do retail in a way that adds to a community's character and also makes economic sense." (Better! Cities & Towns, March 2012)

"His book will be most useful to private-sector planners and those who work with public-private partnerships. But the material it contains will also be helpful to public planners dealing with zoning issues." (Planning Magazine, March 2012)

"The book has chapters on big topics like lease language and making smart use of anchor tenants." (Shoppingcenterreporter.com, February 2012)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470488220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470488225
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #596,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is refreshing to read a book on retail that has the city at heart and understands that retail is more than just commerce at work. Robert's tone is democratic rather than corporate.

He also offers us a stern warning that "...towns and cities have ceded their historical role as the region's primary shopping destination to the suburbs" and then goes on to explain, elaborately, how we can bring society's foremost means of exchange back to the core of our communities.
While his book is holistic in its premise, it is also practical in its advice. It offers an expert understanding of all the current-day fundamentals of retail and how they can be employed to re-construct the diverse public realm-based qualities of authentic centres of the past.
I enjoyed the multi-facetted nature of the book and how it deals with design and spatial planning issues, character and visual issues, as well as financial and operational issues. We are introduced into the fundamentals of retail, business models and a range of financial and sustainability issues, then educated on built-form types and an array of detailed design matters.

He reminds us that "consumer spending and behaviour are influenced by numerous emotional and economic variables" then proceeds to offer advice on issues of visual merchandising and visual character approaches.

Robert's focus on business and management factors is also warranted, city managers who lament the continuing demise of their centres despite substantial investment in the public realm should take note.

Such a wide array of expertise is seldom found in one author or practitioner. Unless you have the experience to match, and if you are active in this area, you better get hold of a copy!

Kobus Mentz, director, Urbanismplus and adunct professor urban design.
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Bob Gibbs' "Principles of Urban Retail Planning and Development" is a milestone in the urban retailing movement, and in the rebirth of American cities and suburbs. Therein lies the magic of Gibb's wisdom: that vibrant, economically successful, walkable mixed-use main street districts are the nuclei of the rebirth of truly sustainable neighborhood, villages, towns, and cities in America. And Gibbs shows us the secrets to craft those beloved and enduring places that people love to live in, discover, and return to.

Gibbs masterfully combines aspects of retail psychology with the art and science of "urban place-making", transportation, market research, branding, and demographics. Whether you are a city planner, a developer, an architect, a national retail CEO, or just opening a mom & pop shop, "Principles of Urban Retail Planning and Development" should be sitting open on your desk!
-Laurence Qamar, Architect & Town Planner
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Mr. Gibbs breaks down downtown, urban and historic retail development into easy-to-understand language and frames it in a way that makes a whole lot of sense. He draws on his vast experience in the trade. You can gauge his success by experiencing the areas he has transformed. If you match these wonderful places with the logic that unfolds in his book you gain a respect that borders on awe. This guy really know what he is talking about and can explain it!

The book is laid out like his downtowns - clear and logical. You travel through the pages as you would walk down one of his main thoroughfares, enjoying the view and getting what you need and want. The breakthrough moment comes when you understand how one can transform a sleepy historic town with all it's limitations into a vibrant and quaint town center which everyone enjoys, by turning those limitations into opportunities.

The best part if the book is Mr. Gibbs himself. He can actually explain how retail development can be a successful art form. As our love for small town nostalgia increases and our desire for modern conveniences grows, we will be hearing a lot from Mr. Gibbs over the next decades.

I am not going to spoil this review by giving away his logic here. You must get your hands on this book and immerse yourself. It's worth it.
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This succinct and delightful book is a must read for developers, retailers, and city planners. But it may be even more important for politicians and local leaders looking to make their cities and towns economically resilient and livable.

The US has 20 SF of retail per person. That's massive in comparison to other countries; the next closest are Sweden at 3.3 and the UK at 2.5 SF. So if you're going to build more or invest in redevelopment, it has to be great to succeed. This book provides essential insights into how the market defines "great."

Bob Gibbs has long been considered a city building guru whose direction to cities such as Charleston, South Carolina, has created a complete turn-around in the economic success of key neighborhoods. He now shares those insights broadly here.

Originally from a conventional mall background, Gibbs is savvy with the numbers required to make the nationals' business models pencil. Yet he masterfully directs them into walkable neighborhood formats, with a tenacious mix of local entrepreneurs.
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