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November 8, 2012
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Throwback Thursdays- Saving energy even in the sweltering heat of 1984

In Waikiki, Hawaii the heat is always a dilemma when it comes to building a shopping center. However, the developers of the Waikiki Center found a way to save energy and still keep the center cool and comfortable. Energy saving was created by using natural cooling materials such as cement, high ceilings to maximize the…

November 1, 2012
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Throwback Thursdays- Toast to the ‘sister’ centers

The first know international relationship between shopping centers occurred in 1985 with the bond between Fremont Hub in California and Kamishiba Center in Fukaya, Japan. The official collaboration was made at the annual merchant’s association dinner, set in a Japanese theme.

October 25, 2012
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Throwback Thursdays- The Soaring Butterfly

With wings constructed of 100% stain glass and a delicate structure the suspended butterfly sculpture in the New Port Center is the main attraction. Intricate, elegant and intriguing the art form has brought significantly more shoppers to the center. Ester Fuhrman, 1984 president of Fuhrman art consulting said, “A sculpture should add excitement to make…

September 27, 2012
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Throwback Thursdays- The Boston Man

Are downtown centers successful for all markets? Stephen Karp,1984, grinning in his sweater vest says, “Developers are going to be reevaluating urban locations. There are unique trends in the Boston metropolitan market that aren’t necessarily going to work everywhere. It isn’t true anymore that some water will automatically make you successful”

September 13, 2012
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Throwback Thursdays-All About The Image

M.G Herring, president of Herring Group speaks on the possibility of mixing off-price and traditional retailers in the same shopping centers “The key to success lies in market strategy. Define the market and design a strategy to attract it. Tie it all back to the merchandise and the image.”

September 6, 2012
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Throwback Thursdays- Shopping center owner and part time psychiatrist 1982

When it comes to ICSC members they know how to create a positive relationship with their tenants. C. Dale Flowers wants to know everything and anything about the on goings of his shopping centers. He even said, "Sometimes I find myself playing psychiatrist; 95% of the time they know there is nothing you can do.…