local retail

Preserving Local Retail: Issues and Strategies

Who's Working on this Research?: 
Vicki Weiner

Presentation for the APA Metro Chapter Zoning Committee

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Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Thursday, May 29, 2008

Church Avenue Retail Project

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The Church Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) retained Pratt Center to conduct a retail market study and needs assessment with the goal of making sure the already successful retail strip – the shopping hub of Flatbush -- better serves a neighborhood where the poor and middle class live side by side.
In partnership with local small businesses, Pratt Center conducted a retail market study and needs assessment to strengthen the Church Avenue commercial strip.
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The project, surveying the strip from Coney Island Avenue to Flatbush Avenue, looked at what shoppers and residents purchase on Church Avenue and elsewhere. The project examined Church Avenue's mix of retail and the quality of goods of and services offered. In addition, using a survey...

Project Status: 
Archived
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Vicki Weiner
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Church Avenue Retail Study

Who's Working on this Research?: 
Vicki Weiner

The Church Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) has retained Pratt Center to conduct a retail market study and needs assessment, with the goal of making sure the already successful retail strip -- the shopping hub of Flatbush -- better serves a neighborhood where the poor and middle class live side by side.

Research Type: 
Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Monday, April 6, 2009

Coney Island for All

Who's Working on this Research?: 
Vicki Weiner
Paula Crespo

A coalition of community, labor, and housing organizations concerned with the future of Coney Island has joined in support of Coney Island for All: A Platform for Equitable Development, on which the Pratt Center for Community Development served as a key advisor.

Research Type: 
Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Monday, April 6, 2009

Resources for Manufacturers

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Made In NYC provides an extensive list of organizations that serve manufacturers in New York City. It is a great resource for businesses in the urban manufacturing sector. This list (below) includes financing resources, technical...

Date: 
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Issue Area: 
Urban Manufacturing
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Planning for Neighborhood Retail

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Local shopping districts with a range of retail and community-responsive services are integral to socially and economically healthy neighborhoods. But many of New York City’s low- and moderate-income communities are without thriving commercial areas.
Diverse commercial corridors with thriving locally-owned businesses lead to prosperous and vibrant neighborhoods.
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Dilapidated commercial space, big box store development, poorly planned corridors, and rising storefront rents are but a few examples of the everyday challenges facing local merchants – from new entrepreneurs to small businesses that have been around for decades.

As part of our...

Project Status: 
Active
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Paula Crespo
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Fulton Street Mall

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Amidst the City's broad redevelopment plan for downtown Brooklyn, Fulton Mall: New Strategies for Preservation and Planning - a Pratt Center project and report - offered strategies for securing the future of Fulton Mall as a vital public place.
Pratt Center has worked to improve Fulton Street Mall's commercial strip while preserving its role as a vital public place.
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We brought historic preservation, urban planning, ethnography, community cultural development, and economic development strategies together, and coordinated them to identify economic opportunities, preserve the most important historical resources, and provide unique and useful retail for...

Project Status: 
Archived
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Vicki Weiner
Location: 

Made In NYC

Intro Paragraph: 
New York City is home to almost 7,000 small manufacturers employing 65,000 people. They make everything from pianos (Steinway in Queens) and landing gear for spacecraft (Vahl in Brooklyn) to food, fashion, film and furnishings.
Made In NYC enhances the capacity of small businesses to create jobs, foster entrepreneurial innovation, and grow sustainable local markets.
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Furthermore, the manufacturing sector is a proven source of good jobs for individuals with limited education and other barriers to employment in many of the city’s most distressed communities. For example, manufacturers in the Bronx, the city’s poorest borough, pay an average salary...

Project Status: 
Active
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Joanna Reynolds
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The Perfect Setting: Economic Impact of the Diamond and Jewelry Industry in New York City

This report focuses on the economic activity and impact of New York’s Diamond District, an extraordinary block on 47th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, which employs 22,300 people, many of which are historically disadvantaged workers. The report...

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Issue Area: 
Urban Manufacturing
Date: 
Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Saving Independent Retail

This issue brief details measures the Mayor’s Office can and must take to keep independent stores thriving. Retailers are plagued by high rents, competition from chain stores, the internet, limited access to credit, and other stresses, but their decline is far from inevitable. This issue...

Research Type: 
Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Monday, August 10, 2009
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