Monday, January 12, 2009

Build it up by tearing it down

That's the concept espoused by Michael Pollock: tear down old shopping areas and build high-density residential, or at least in Chandler, Arizona. "Housing would increase population, creating customers for infill retail spots, he said."

Of course, we've been seeing developments like this for a while in cities, and that can be really exciting. (I am an even bigger fax of mixed-use.) Lots of fun dirt and rezoning work to do, as well. You can even have environmental thrown in to the mix if your center had, oh, a dry cleaner. If you can sell the city poobahs on this one it can be a very profitable venture.

H/T Retail Traffic.