Your Call: Are retail struggles increasing ground-floor vacancies?

Dec 13, 2017


Around the Bay Area, apartment blocks and office buildings are going up at a rapid pace, mostly with retail space on the first floor.

But the boom of online shopping, high construction costs, and zoning restrictions means many of those spots are going unfilled, according to developers and brokers. Is retail in trouble? Can anything be done to help street-level shops? And if retail goes away, what can maintain the life of our streets?


J.K. Dineen, reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and author of Here Tomorrow

Web Resources:

San Francisco Chronicle: SF developers struggling to fill new ground-floor retail spaces

ABC News: Analysis: Why empty storefronts line San Francisco's Castro neighborhood

BISNOW: As Retail Struggles, So Do San Francisco Property Owners Seeking Ground-Floor Tenants

BISNOW: Retail Hell: Bankruptcies Now Higher Than During Great Recession

CityLab: Real Estate Developers Become the Entertainers

CityLab: What a Creative Neighborhood Looks Like