Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ranking of metropolitan areas by level of independent retail

The Indie City Index, a groundbreaking ranking of American Metropolitan Areas by the proportion of retail activity captured by independents, was conducted by Civic Economics and sponsored by the American Booksellers Association.

- alphabetical order
- Study report
- appendices
- maps

The Washington region is listed as 113 out of 363.

But I wonder some about the methodology, which I guess is based on totals. At the micro level, there are great independent commercial districts across the country, regardless of the ranking of the overall metropolitan area. E.g., Richmond is ranked 266, but Carytown is one of the best independent commercial districts between Philadelphia and Richmond (Downtown Frederick too and Hampden Village in Baltimore). Etc.

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