Retail: The Key to Enduring Neighborhoods

APA National Capital Area Chapter


Wednesday, October 4, 2017
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT

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Scholars from across the world have identified social capital as a primary driver to resilience. Social capital for post-disaster communities, from New Orleans to Tokyo, is rooted in the presence of a commercial retail corridor. DC commercial retail corridors also define neighborhoods and create the social capital needed for long-term resilience by providing a point of community interaction regardless of socioeconomic status. Neighborhoods such as Anacostia, Shaw, Capitol Hill, Adams Morgan, and Georgetown have withstood the test of time with many generations of retail as their identity. This presentation details the essential elements of a retail corridor and how design professionals can foster retail environments that best benefit the surrounding populace.


Bobby Boone, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Bobby Boone is responsible for aiding interdisciplinary teams by providing research findings and strategy that enables a multi-faceted understanding of the tools needed in the creation of neighborhood: branding and marketing, brokerage, design, etc. Bobby has facilitated the completion of market analyses and data driven strategies for placemaking, revitalization, and ... Read More

Nikki Peele

Confirmed Speaker

Nikki Peele is relentless in her efforts to foster a community, which embraces its assets and challenges. Her uncontested fervor led to her recent honor of being named a 2016 Washington Business Journal “40 under 40” honoree. This honor represented many years of service to Ward 8, including the eight ... Read More

Neil Albert

Confirmed Speaker

Neil O. Albert joined the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) as President and Executive Director in 2015. He is a former senior policy advisor for Holland & Knight’s Public Policy & Regulation Practice Group. Prior to joining Holland & Knight in 2011, Neil served as city administrator and as deputy mayor for ... Read More

Eric Shaw

Confirmed Speaker

Eric D. Shaw was appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser to serve as Director of the DC Office of Planning January 2015. As director he manages a staff of 75 who are responsible for neighborhood and systems planning, urban design strategies, data and mapping, historic preservation and development review. Shaw also ... Read More

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