The Implications of Planning Criteria for Economic Success of Retail Land Use: An Empirical Analysis of 226 Community Shopping Centers
At the time of this analysis, some of the more important research findings needed for comprehensive planning were criteria for siting retail land uses. In contrast with other uses, retail economic and social success may have been tied to many physical factors. Most shopping centers were designed for ease of automobile access, had parking in front, and had anchors such as large food stores. This empirical and exploratory study concluded that if data and conditions in the DFW Metroplex were similar to other metropolitan areas, then the economic success of this size shopping center had no relationship to economic or demographic market area factors, nor did the economic success relate to physical factors of site accessibility, layout, or building design features.