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RetaiLink explores how regulation and mobility can revitalize retail

01 June 2017

Can the regulation framework be used in a creative way so it benefits the retail sector? Which mobility solutions could a city implement to increase the flow of visitors between different shopping areas? Does the available parking space in a district have an influence on the turnover of the shops? Those and other questions will be at the core of the next RetaiLink transnational meeting, focused on how cities can use urban planning tools to foster retail.  Representatives from the 10 cities that integrate this URBACT Action Planning Network will gather from 6th to 9th June in Pécs, Hungary.

The first part of the meeting will focus on regulation and will be facilitated by the Lead Expert, Mireia Sanabria, and the Lead Partner, Àngels Chacón. The different cities will compare the regulation framework in their cities, identify obstacles and how can they be overcome, as well as how to maximise the potential benefits of using regulation in favour of retail.

The second part will explore mobility solutions to link outside areas with the city centre. In this case RetaiLink will count on the expertise of Wessel Badenhorst, Lead Expert at URBACT III City Centre Doctor, and councillor in Dublin City Council for 10 years.

There will be also time for a study visit through Pécs inner city, where RetaiLink members will discover the Market Hall, the retail and hospitality district and the Zolnay Cultural and Arts district. Partners and experts will note down proposals to help increasing visitors’ flows to the city centre and interlink the three areas.

The meeting will also count on the participation of Giuliano Mingardo, from Erasmus University of Rotterdam, who will be briefing about the relationship between available parking areas and retail turnover.

 

From objectives to actions.

There will be a Capacity Building session to assist each partner in the process of turning their project objectives into actions, and a Communication session to follow-up each city’s contribution to the promotion and dissemination of the RetaiLink project.

In conclusion, three days of intense learning, sharing experiences and good practices, that will inspire RetaiLink cities to define the best strategy to foster its retail.