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Space available—but for what? | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Space available—but for what?


It’s really hard not to notice that there’s a lot of space available, especially for retail. The question I wonder about is now that people have shifted their attitudes about how they spend their money—will there really be a need for the space that was reserved for buying stuff? Stores will come back but not at the same pace that opened up a lot of buildings for prime commercial real estate. So what’s going to go there? Yoga studios, martial art studios, maybe galleries? They’re common things that don’t require a lot of upkeep once the initial inside of a building is made inhabitable. Think of it as studio space for people space.

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  • http://loquat73.blogspot.com/ Paulo Pereira

    Michael, everyday on my walk into work I notice more and more stores closing. A couple of times the store was opened one day and the next they were closed.

    Here's a WNYC Flickr Pool I participate in called Uncommon Economic Indicators, http://www.flickr.com/groups/1033330@N22/pool/
    People post photos showing stores about to close, closing, for sale signs,empty lots and economic hardships.


  • http://www.meredithstrategyanddesign.com Jim Meredith

    I like turning the city upside down…http://archizoo.com/2009/03/20/making-working-visible/