The Psychology of a Great City

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a lecture featuring urban retail expert Robert Gibbs. Gibbs, an internationally renowned urban retail consultant, focused on the concept of sustainable urban retail and discussed trends that would ultimately impact our neighborhoods. But what struck me most about the discussion were the characteristics he used to describe “great cities”. While some were physical – great streetscapes and unobstructed views of storefronts – most were psychological. What I took away from the Gibbs presentation is that there are some key underlying behaviors present in cities that are considered great. As I researched for this post, I realized that these behaviors or… Read More

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Parking Survey Results

The results from poll about parking in Midtown Memphis’s Cooper Young neighborhood are tabulated. Thanks for sharing your feedback! Here’s what you had to say: Our polls suggests that while parking might be considered a problem in the Midtown neighborhood and entertainment district, concerns about parking may not necessarily deter patrons from visiting the area. In the open ended comments, respondents who think Cooper Young has a parking problem cited safety concerns, mainly related to potential for vehicle break-ins in unattended cars. Of note, 89 percent of respondents who supported the garage concept indicated that their support was based on the belief that additional security would be present in the… Read More

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