13 Apr '11, 1pm

Industry analysis says future is brighter for urban retail than for suburban

Industry analysis says future is brighter for urban retail than for suburban

In an analysis posted on the National Real Estate Investor web site, David Lynn concludes that patterns of land use in the US are taking a “significant turn” from the past pattern of suburban dominance, and that the implications are significant for the future of retail. Given the new – and likely to be lasting – trend – favoring cities and traditional town centers, “investors will . . . need to reformulate retail strategies, given changing patterns of demand and land use.” Lynn is managing director and head of investment strategy for ING Clarion Partners in New York. Lynn’s firm examined retail rent trends in US metropolitan areas, comparing in each area the rate of change in rents for the overall region to those of the central business district: “The results indicate that 53 percent of the time in the last five years, the rent growth for retail assets in the CBD has outpa...

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