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    Urban Design + Econ. Development

    Hello,

    I'm trying to find a journal article or any research on how urban design can aid economic development. Does anyone, know of any related articles/sources? I am studying Town Centers.

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    jon

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    Well, town centres are certainly the best place to be studying this topic. There is a good deal of research on the impacts of good storefront design on sales, and on the contribution of good streetscapes to healthy districts. I have three nights of late meetings starting tonight, so I doubt that I will have much time to dig through my library for a few days. I hope you can wait.
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    There are several stores that locate in both town center developments and conventional strip malls, such as Gap & Starbucks. If you can find a way to eliminate all of the other variables for sales, you might be able to compare the profitability of stores located in conventional developments vs. town centers.

    There have got to be some journal articles on this. You might try contacting the Congress on New Urbanism, since they try to promote town center development and probably have commissioned studies like this.

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    The National Main Street Center probably has resources addressing this question.

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    You might also look at http://www.pps.org/ the project for public spaces; It's an org based on william whyte's work in NYC which analysed how people use the space versus it's aesthetic value as a rendering. . . They've done alot of work on public markets, etc. . .

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