As we continue to write obits for major retailers – among them ToysRUs, Kmart and dozens of others – I think we can officially announce the death of retail, as we know it. Even the most conservative form of retail shopping – grocery – is being challenged by Internet bu...

June 14, 2019

Amenta Emma values involvement in Hartford-based design initiatives for temporary and long-term action. Members of our team participate in initiatives for the betterment of the communities we live in and serve. Recently, the Hartford Climate Stewardship Initiative spon...

I love cities. I love that they have lives, spanning centuries, and evolve to accept change. Boston is one of those, and one of its shiniest new neighborhoods is testament to vibrant adaptive use. Once a thriving port, accepting shipments of wool and leather to feed te...

October 19, 2018

Jane Jacobs articulates the properties of older “chaotic” city forms, such as permeability, mixed uses, and density, in her seminal work, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities.” These qualities, when present together, contribute to a healthy and safe urban envir...

(Excerpted from article published in the New England Real Estate Journal April 27-May 3.)

The paradigm shift that has occurred in retail, including the death knell for many major shopping malls, is not news. But how to create the next big successful thing is a challenge...

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