Retail: The Key to Enduring Neighborhoods
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
Katie Spencer, KSpencer@aiadc.com