Posted July 13th, 2013 in Uncategorized by Rick Hill


There are more than 48,000 shopping centers in the United States, and each one of them is under challenge from internet shopping. As with moving water, it’s only natural that the distribution of goods will find the most efficient channel to the consumer, and there’s no doubt about it: internet shopping has found that channel. Amazon, with same-day delivery from vast warehouses, is just one example.


Yet, the boom in internet shopping has done far more than change distribution methods—it has shaped the very nature of consumers and their expectations. They are now less impulsive, more disciplined, and far more purposeful in their approach to shopping. Modern, enclosed malls are struggling to respond to this new type of consumer and to compete with the distribution methods of internet shopping. The Macy’s, Walmart, and Target-anchored shopping centers may become relics of the past unless they respond  to the changing expectations of consumers. To successfully compete with internet shopping, malls must provide exactly what consumers want, when they want it, where they want it and at the lowest possible price – and more.


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Posted March 10th, 2013 in Blog by Rick Hill

Industrial DistrictThe remnants of the industrial economy surround the downtowns of numerous major cities.  Tattered urban fabrics consisting of semi-industrial districts and modest housing often form a zone between first ring gentrified neighborhoods and the city core, producing an in-between waste land, lost economies and failed communities. Ironically, while urban revitalization efforts are directed to the showcase blocks of downtowns and hip new restaurants and specialty retail thrive in the historic suburban neighborhood, it is the in between zone that actually has the most potential for true economic development.
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Posted February 23rd, 2013 in Blog by Rick Hill

Alice'sContemporary film often reflects the sentiments of its audience and initiates varied emotions that are generated well beyond the subject matter of the movie itself. In this regard, the music, location, and lighting of the film can serve as a window into a deeper set of emotions and yearnings. This is for the simple reason that images and sounds link our consciousness with the unconscious to bring back memories of the past to reinforce the thoughts and feelings of the present.
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Posted February 3rd, 2013 in Blog by Rick Hill

little_red_schoolhouseIn the book Small Wonder, author Jonathan Zimmerman, covers the history of the one room school house and describes how the Little Red School House became an American icon. In his book he poses the question which asks if the school house is a relic or an enduring and relevant image of American Culture.
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