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Retail at the Crossroads

Retail at the Crossroads

Rob Wile

While retail centers faltered and national brand few areas were as meticulously planned to capture that profile as the Design District. The art-and-architecture-focused neighborhood just north of Northwest 36th Street now spans 850,000 square feet. Design District representatives say sales and traffic there grew 50% in 2018 over 2017, and then grew another 30% in 2019 over 2018.

I think the Design District has succeeded because it has become a destination for both commerce and culture,” Craig Robins, CEO and founder of DACRA, said via email. “There is an extraordinary alchemy when you combine creative talents — architects, designers, fashion houses, artists — to contribute efforts to create an authentic community unlike any other.“

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