An idea/question that came to me recently:
What, if any, steps are being taken by traditional "big box store" retailers (Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, etc) to transplant their traditional model of suburban stores to urban areas? What steps are being taken by communities to allow for this to happen? Do certain aspects of codes/comp plans need to be modified for it?
I know that Whole Foods is no stranger to this (I've been to urban stores in both DC and LA), and there's also a Safeway in DC (I want to say Columbia Heights, but I might be wrong) that is built up to the sidewalk, but a traditional store design nonetheless. There's also the original 34th Street Macy's, but I'm not sure if this counts, seeing as it is from a time when downtown, not the local mall, was the main source of retail.
Urban whole foods, DC
Best Buy, New York City
If anyone knows of any more, please add them!