Friday, February 12, 2010

The Retail Shift

Interesting article on a once bustling commercial strip in the Albany, NY area that has since become desolate due to the shifting of retail to other locations nearby and the dwindling economy in general.

Businesses are abandoning formerly thriving commercial strips
  By CHRIS CHURCHILL, Staff writer
First published in print: Sunday, February 7, 2010

EAST GREENBUSH -- A once-vital shopping area is in decline, pocked with empty storefronts and laid low by the migration of shoppers to newer and shinier destinations.
A Capital Region downtown?
No -- the area's older commercial highways.
You know these roads. They flow from cities such as Albany like arteries, and in the 1950s and 1960s they pulled retail life from urban centers, becoming shopping destinations of their own.
Now, just a few decades later, some of these roads are past their prime. They've been bypassed by progress. What they once did to the old downtowns is now being done to them.


Anonymous Giselle J. said...

Quite an interesting article. We have seen a very similar situation occur in the Dallas/Ft. Worth (TX) Metroplex. Many of our older "inner ring" suburbs-and their shopping centers and malls-have gotten to looking quite shoddy,dilapidated,and quite often, vacant as shoppers move on to newer and shinier malls further afield.

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