March 06, 2006 Globe St. Retail
High-end retailers who want to bring their stores into the upscale neighborhoods where their customers live will find to their dismay that these same affluent consumers are among the demographic groups most likely to oppose such development.
For the past two dozen years, my company has been addressing the politics of land use. We have worked on hundreds of contentious battles over real estate projects. Realizing that on one had ever assessed the scale of this problem, we commissioned a study involving 1,000 participants across the US to understand how—and to what degree—these issues were affecting our local communities. The study revealed clear trends in attitudes towards retail development.