Urbandizing: The Art of Managing, Planning and Merchandising

| Tuesday, May 20 | 10:45 a.m - 12 p.m. | Room: LaSalle B | Session Tracks: U, BD

Urban retail is risky business. Many downtown management and urban planning efforts fail due to critical planning and programming errors. This session will demonstrate how principles of modern retail development can be combined with the best practices of traditional urban planning to create competitive mixed-use urban commercial centers and historic town centers. In addition, this program will discuss integrating large format retailers in the city and new town centers.


Robert Gibbs PLA, ASLA, CNU Nationally recognized, Gibbs Planning Group 
Robert Gibbs is considered a leading urban retail planning consultant by some of the most respected mayors, architects and real estate developers in America. Profiled in the Atlantic Monthly, New York Times, Urban Land Institute, and the Wall Street Journal, Gibbs is said to have "an urban planning sensibility unlike anything possessed by the urban planners who usually design downtown renewal efforts."