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Blocking a Shopping Mall in New Haven?s Waterfront


A 1.2-million-square-foot shopping mall near New Haven?s waterfront was permanently shelved due to community opposition. The shopping center project, which would have included as much retail space as downtown itself, was cancelled after the principal retailer ? Nordstrom?s ? bailed out. Opponents of the project argued that this mall would undercut downtown businesses. Although New Haven?s downtown was almost urban-renewed out of existence decades ago, new innovative economic life has been emerging on a modest but steady basis. Without competition from the mall, that momentum has a better chance to grow.


Author?s Comment:

?In recent years the regeneration of historic downtown areas has led the way to broader revitalization. Even big-box retailers and national chains have discovered the advantages of renovating existing buildings in downtown markets. Downtown is where the retailers want to be. They can be made to come on urban, not suburban terms.
The common link in the resistance to these proposals is the presence of strong coalitions of historic preservationists and local business associations.?

See also ch85 Pittsburgh and Baltimore

Contacts: Roberta Brandes Gratz is the author of Cities Back From the Edge: New Life for Downtown (Wiley) and a senior fellow at the Urban Husbandry Communications Project in New York City.
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Extent of Action: Local
Year(s): 2000
Outcome successful
Source: Nation, April 23, 2001


Prepared By: rja
Rating: 1
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