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car vs pedestrian
 //   //  February 3, 2014  //  No Comments

Pedestrians or Drivers: Who is More Important?

According to several studies conducted on retail spending behaviour, customers arriving at street retail areas as pedestrians often spend more per week than drivers. In a recent article, we showed the results of one such study: […]

Hong_Kong_Night_Skyline
 //   //  January 12, 2014  //  No Comments

Postgraduate Thesis on Shopping Centre Management

For his postgraduate thesis at the University of Hong Kong, Wing-to Hui surveyed 106 shopping centres along rapid transit lines. The author compared a series of factors and management characteristics against each centre’s management efficiency. Management […]

downsview park
 //   //  November 17, 2013  //  No Comments

Retail and Economic Mobility

I have been helping to organize an event held by the City of Toronto called the Chief Planner Roundtable. One of the common themes emerging from these discussions is how the design of our suburbs is not […]

Photo by Stephen Hui
 //   //  November 10, 2013  //  1 Comment

Our Flawed Approach to Affordable Housing

We are facing a serious housing affordability crisis in Canadian cities and few people seem to care. Worse, the policy responses floated as solutions are often ineffective and detached from the realities of urban economies. In […]

Victor Gruen
 //   //  May 13, 2013  //  No Comments

The Father of the Shopping Mall, Victor Gruen, was an Urbanist

The Gruen Effect, a documentary on the life of Victor Gruen, the so-called father of shopping malls, provides interesting insights into the birth of a development concept that reshaped America. In Vienna, Victor Gruen was involved […]