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Mike Janssen

Gearing Up for President Obama
Voters across the country celebrated Barack Obama's historic electoral victory pouring on to the streets in spontaneous celebrations as America elected
Home Body
The high gas prices grabbing U.S. headlines amount to yet another pressure on cash-strapped Americans in already tight financial times which gives retailers
Life Preservers
There's nothing like a crisis to bring people together. With more and more retailers shuttering locations, filing for bankruptcy protection or reining
Small Center Transformations
The soft real estate market has made investors and lenders wary of backing high-risk ground-up developments. Redevelopments, however, remain in vogue.
Subprime Spillover
Out of necessity, much of the national media's coverage of the country's deepening foreclosure crisis takes a big-picture view, focusing on broad economic
What Would the Community Think?
Throughout his 35 years as a developer, Robert Stark has masterminded neighborhood shopping centers of various sizes. But the president of Cleveland-based
Corporate Sponsorship
Developing new mixed-use centers is suddenly looking a lot riskier. The weakening economy combined with the tanking housing sector and a crippled debt
Foreign Intrigue
Investors and analysts may find little reason to cheer about the weak U.S. dollar, but the currency's weakness means big gains for shopping centers and
Creating a Big Bang
Fake snow is falling, harried shoppers are gobbling granola bars on the go and Santa and Mrs. Claus are already alight at malls, creating a blizzard of
Clean Campaign
Perhaps it is a sign that retail real estate has become a mature industry. After decades of flying under the radar screen of organized labor, malls have
On Capitol Hill
Although the tremors in the credit markets mean that a lot of attention is being paid to what happens on Wall Street, the shopping center industry also
The Mall Coming To A Theater Near You
The West Edmonton Mall is ready for its close-up. The 5.3-million-square-foot mall in Alberta, Canada, billed as the greatest indoor show on Earth, entertains 100,000 shoppers daily with jugglers, musicians and performing sea lions
Malls' Drive for Tourists
Shoppers no longer travel across town to go to the mall, increasingly they are being lured across state lines and even continents.
Blogging the Mall
The malls of our youth have changed irrevocably over the years. Some have even closed their doors for good. But, some nostalgic shoppers are now enshrining cherished mall-hopping memories with an up-to-the-minute technology the blog.
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