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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Too Much Retail Space?

The Plain Dealer: May 19, 2007- The article quotes James Kastelik a Cleveland State University professor:

  • "There's not enough people and not enough income. A lot of communities think that retail is going to fuel growth, but it really doesn't."
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2 comments:

Matt said...

This is an article decrying exurbia. Look at the map, read the article. The map shows that South Euclid is actually underserved by retail and the article explains that Cleveland and inner ring suburbs lack places to shop locally.

It means people are more likely to leave their local neighborhood to do their shopping and spend their dollars. It means this region by virtue of its developemnt policies has hollowed itself out and dumped its wealth on its edges, causing a sprawlfest which is simply unsustainable.

Anonymous said...

Hi Matt, I could not help but respond to your posting. Although I see what you are saying regarding the map, I interpret the article as saying that there is too much retail in the suburbs. In fact the article starts out by saying “shopping in the suburbs is getting a little too easy.” According to the CSU study, supply exceeds the demand by 22.5 million square feet when it comes to retail space in Northeastern Ohio. The article says that most of the retail in Northeast Ohio is concentrated in outer suburbs, in plazas such as Legacy Village, while those living in Cleveland and older, inner-ring suburbs don’t have enough places to shop. That would certainly not apply to those living in South Euclid with their close proximity to many shopping areas so close at hand. It is frightening to see so many empty spaces left unoccupied, such as the Tops grocery store at Cedar and Warrensville, the long empty CVS store at Monticello and Green and other stores at University Square. I find it disturbing that the business that occupied the Cedar Center plaza will not be relocating there once they tear it down and start over. I am an Orthodox Jew and frequented Abba’s Market and Yakov’s Pizza on a regular basis. These types of ethnic specialty locations are very hard to come by for someone of my faith. Abba’s was a gathering spot for many. It is very sad that the city could not recognize their virtues and work with the tenants to keep them located in SE.

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