There's never been a better time to be a consumer. But it's not such a happy story for the people behind the counters.
MIT's Zeynep Ton explains the theory behind the Good Jobs Strategy.
The real threat doesn't come from the Walmart Supercenter. It comes from Walmart Express.
The GOP leader of Mesa, Arizona, championed a new property tax; loves mass transit; and lured liberal-arts colleges to his city. Can these moves propel him to higher office in a red state?
Nick DiMaio has spent years thinking about and documenting dying retails models around the country.
They may even bring in more customers, according to a recent Seattle case study.
How many more giant, empty malls will it take before development priorities finally change?
It's way more than just a crazy thing you sometimes see on the local news. And almost no one is doing anything about it.
The frontier of online retail keeps getting weirder.
Big box stores are in desperate need of reinvention. But a handful of communities might have figured out the fix.
A delicate calculation.
Sears is looking into re-purposing its shuttered stores as datacenters, starting with one in Chicago.
Why do retailers, restaurants and grocery stores stay out of communities that can afford (and want) them?
Ideas (some good, some not) for what to do with these hulking, empty retail spaces.
Rather than trying to lure major retailers onto certain sites, the city is creating places Pittsburghers want to go and hoping business will follow.
A Black Friday look at the geography of retail workers' wages.
Unless you live near Grand Teton National Park, a Frappuccino is never far away.
The inventor of the suburban indoor mall came to rue his creations. But now they are dying off anyway.
Often banned by municipalities for safety reasons, simple A-frame sidewalk signs should be allowed to return, within reason.
There's evidence the presence of a big box store in the city center helps reduce the amount most people drive.