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Retail Revolution in the Digital Era: Examining the Changes in the Retail Landscape of New York City

Zhang, Joan

Storefronts are home to the retail and food service, providing goods and services to the city’s residents, fostering local economy, and defining the neighborhood’s characters. New York City as the main gateway city in United States has the most complicated retail system, ranging from local bodega, retail corridors, department stores to high street fashion stores. In the current decade, storefronts in New York City have been pockmarked with vacancies due to increasing rents, e-commerce and consumer’s behavioral shifts. As important as it is to urban life, retail diversity is now threatened in many New York City’s neighborhood. This research aims to analyze data from County Business Patterns and U.S. Census Bureau to study current retail network system and changes of retail activities over time in New York City. The goal of this research is to call for further investigation and innovative uses of the City’s zoning, land use, and planning tools to improve retail diversity and preserve neighborhood characters.

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More About This Work

Academic Units
Urban Planning
Thesis Advisors
Freeman, Lance M.
M.S., Columbia University
Published Here
June 29, 2018