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April 14, 2011
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What did you do for your birthday? Meet John Crossman!

By Janelle Wellman I have worked with John for the past six months and I like to describe him as vibrant, passionate, full of talent and optimism, and an all-star volunteer – I absolutely love working with him. Based on his enthusiasm, energy, and involvement with the ICSC Next Gen program, it is almost impossible…

March 11, 2011
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Commercial Lending Rebounds, Open-Air Conference

Commercial real estate finance has regrouped amid improving economic conditions and there’s now an abundance of lenders chasing down a growing number of mostly Class A retail real estate purchases, said a panel of high-profile lenders Thursday at the ICSC Open Air Conference in Dallas. The controversial commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) loan market, written off…

March 9, 2011
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Paris’ Biggest Retail Center to Get Major Overhaul

By Bennett Voyles Le Forum des Halles is the biggest shopping center in central Paris. It is one of Europe’s most profitable. And it is roundly hated by many Parisians, who regard the three-decade-old, nearly 650,000-square-foot center as cramped, unsafe and spectacularly ugly. But the center Paris loves to hate is soon to undergo a…

January 17, 2011
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The Real Estate Associate Program….

Many of us are enjoying a day off of work to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Perhaps we will take a moment to consider his good works and legacy, as well as the monumental Civil Rights Movement. Yet, I suspect most of us will not contemplate on how his life impacts…

January 14, 2011
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Thinking Outside the Box….

Traditional retailers have faced weighty challenges in recent years. Between the sluggish economy and growth of online shopping, bricks and mortar companies have had to be creative about how to draw new shoppers to their stores, while also encouraging store loyalty among their current customers. A number of innovative strategies have been in the news,…