Auto-free Zones: Boom or Bust for Retail Businesses?

Auto-free Zones: Boom or Bust for Retail Businesses?

Cities across the globe are jumping on the bandwagon to create pedestrian-friendly plazas and thoroughfares as a means to boost business for urban shopping and dining districts. But, these pedestrian malls have drawn their share of accolades and critics alike.

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Recommended Reading: The 3 Best CRE Articles of the Week

Every week, Hightower scours the web to find the most insightful, valuable articles in CRE across the office, retail, and industrial sectors. Here’s what we have for you this week.

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3 Things CRE Professionals are Thankful for this Year

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and while this year hasnt exactly been a cakewalk for commercial real estate, the industry has a lot to be thankful for. Across office, retail, and industrial, there’s plenty of good news to go around.

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Black Friday Still Crucial for Retailers and their Landlords

To many consumers, Black Friday is probably the most annoying shopping days of the year. But who can pass up those deals?

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14 Technologies Every Commercial Real Estate Broker Needs

This is a sneak preview from The Modern Broker, our guide for brokers in a tech-enabled world, coming out next week. Subscribe to the blog to get notified as soon as it comes out!

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Recommended Reading: The 3 Best CRE Articles of the Week

Every week, Hightower scours the web to find the most insightful, valuable articles in CRE across the office, retail, and industrial sectors. Here’s what we have for you this week.

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Street Fairs Let Retailers Test Market Before Renting Expensive Storefront

In Manhattan, real estate easily runs retailers three figures a square foot. It’s no wonder many up-and-coming merchants are ditching the brick-and-mortar model and finding alternatives route to keep expenses down. One such alternative is street fairs.

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The 5 Types of Commercial Real Estate Crowdfunding

Commercial real estate crowdfunding platforms promise to democratize real estate investing, but before diving in it’s important to know the basics. There are tons of crowdfunding platforms online, but not all of them are necessarily good places to put your money. From direct equity sponsored investments to auto-investing in debt, we’ll cover the five different types of commercial real estate crowdfunding platforms and then explain what the trend as a whole means for developers.

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Not All Department Stores Are Failing

There is a lot of talk about the downfall of department stores, and how their failure could spell trouble for commercial real estate’s retail sector because the anchor spaces they occupy take up so much square footage.

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Are Multi-Story Warehouses the Next Big Thing?

Industrial remains one of the tightest commercial real estate sectors in the nation, with JLL reporting that the national vacancy rate dropped to 5.8% in the third quarter—despite 53 million sf of new construction being added during that same time period.

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