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ND Main Street Conference Keynote

Bob Gibbs was honored to give the North Dakota Governor’s Main Street keynote address to over 600 planners in Bismarck, ND.GPG recently consulted for Kilbourne Development company in Fargo.

Mackinac Island, Northern Michigan Market Study

GPG has been honored to complete a retail market study for the historic Mackinac Island this year. The island doesn't allow cars and depends on horses and bikes for transportation.

Mackinac is filled with interesting shops and restaurants and is the home of the famous Grand Hotel and Fort Mackinac. We found considerable opportunities for the island to expand their main street district and for existing businesses to expand their sales.

Fort Wayne eyes $440 million conversion of former GE Factory

GPG conducted a six-month commercial study of the S Ft. Wayne neighborhoods and commercial corridors in 2016, and is pleased to see that the city is considering this significant redevelopment site. A city on the move and worth the investment! Read about it here.

GPG was pleased to consult on Pineland Prairie, a planned new 3000-acre town in Stuart, Florida. Marcela Camblor & Dover Kohl are the lead planners; Knight Kiplinger is the developer.Shown above: Bob Gibbs, Knight Kiplinger, Victor Dover and Don Killoren.

El Paseo Shopping District Revitalization Plan

GPG has been commissioned by the city of Palm Desert, CA to design alternatives to improve the El Paseo district’s walkability. We presented our market study & alternative master plans for El Paseo Street on January 12. One of the top luxury shopping districts in the World, El Paseo is over a mile long of shops and restaurants including Sak’s Fifth Ave., Gucci and Ralph Lauren.

Read about it here.

Santa Cruz Updates

GPG has enjoyed returning to Santa Cruz, CA to update our 2011 commercial master plan and retail market studies for four districts. Santa Cruz is a beautiful central California coastal city of 62,000.

The central California coasal city of (pop. 62,000) has a vibrant downtown, waterfront, east and west commercial districts. The downtown is filled with numerous beautiful restaurants and shops including a large independent book store, Gap, theater and Urban Outfitters. The downtown was destroyed by an earthquake in 1989, but has fully recovered. Our 2011 study resulted in numerous improvements to the city's parking, walkability and streetscape. GPG also assisted in attracting a large Forever 21 store to the downtown.

News 2018


Urban Retail: Essential Planning, Design and Management Practices
June 25 - June 27, 2018, Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education
Robert Gibbs and Terry Shook are the instructors of this popular Harvard GSD course - now in its 22nd year! The fast-paced class covers all essential best practices for planning and developing new mixed use urban centers and revitalizing historic downtowns. Numerous guest speakers will present. Information and registration can be found at:  https://execed.gsd.harvard.edu/urban-retail
CEUs: 21 AIA/CES (HSW) | 21 AICP/CM | 21 LA/CES (HSW)

ICSC Michigan Conference,  February 8, 2018

Robert Gibbs will present new trends in real estate entitlements and zoning with the Form Based Code at the SE Michigan International Council of Shopping Centers Conference on Feb. 8 at 1 pm. Location: Suburban Showcase, Novi, MI. Register here.

CNU 26, May 16 - 19, 2018

Plan to attend the 26th Annual Congress for the New Urbanism in Savannah, GA, alongside designers, planners, city officials, architects and community residents. Attend expert-led sessions, hands-on workshops, and in-the-field events, all while exploring historic Savannah. Learn more at www.cnu.org/cnu26

Be sure to visit us at our GPG booth!