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Magazine articles look at retail in walkable communities

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Are big-box stores and shopping malls in the suburbs giving way to walkable retail? According to a couple of recent magazine articles, that appears to be the trend.

A story in last month’s issue of Washingtonian magazine, "The Best of Washington: 62 Reasons to Love Our City," proclaims that "Anti-malls are the new malls" in the 38th place, touting the rise of walkable shopping areas in the suburbs to replace the "80s supermall." Following up on that story, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s sustainable communities program and George Washington University law professor Kaid Benfield wrote in The Atlantic, "Even the suburbs are figuring out that walkable retail, not enclosed malls surrounded by parking lots, is the way to go in the twenty-first century."

A variety of macroeconomic trends are behind the change, as well as changes in urban development, with a growing emphasis on models that stress density, walkability and access to public transit instead of dependence on automobiles. Benfield cites the Washington suburb of Bethesda, Md., once a car-dependent suburb that now "feels both urban and urbane, yet still human-scaled. It’s a great place to be."

The trend should be familiar to drug stores, supermarkets and mass merchandisers. Walgreens has picked densely populated urban areas for its upscale Well Experience-format stores, while Target has scaled down for its CityTarget locations in such places as Chicago and Seattle, and Walmart has been building more small-format stores.

In an interview for the article "Drug Store 2019," in the July issue of DSN, Seattle-based futurist Glen Hiemstra highlighted the rise of walkable communities and the role it’s playing in more and more retailers emphasizing such items as fresh, convenient foods.

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The National Council on Aging taps actor Lee Majors to promote flu shots

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The National Council on Aging on Tuesday announced that actor Lee Majors is joining the Council’s Flu + You program to help encourage seniors to get their annual flu shots. As a part of his involvement in the Flu + You campaign, Majors will appear in a public service announcement that follows him as he embarks on "an important and action-packed mission: learning about his vaccine options and getting vaccinated against the flu."

The PSA will educate the public about the increased risk of flu in adults 65 years of age and older, and the importance of knowing your vaccine options and getting a flu vaccine.  

“The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine as the single best way to protect yourself from the flu, yet a third of people 65 [years] and older still don’t get vaccinated,” stated Richard Birkel, NCOA SVP healthy aging and director of NCOA’s Self-Management Alliance. “As NCOA continues to educate older adults about the flu and the potential severity of the illness, we hope to encourage more people to protect themselves and their loved ones by getting an annual flu shot.”  

“I get the flu shot every year and encourage my peers to do the same — it’s a simple step you can take to protect yourself from the flu,” Majors said. “I urge everyone 65 years of age and older to talk to their health care provider about their vaccine options this flu season.”

 

 

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Psi Bands launches new unisex design

BY Michael Johnsen

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. — Psi Bands on Tuesday announced the addition of a sixth design to its line of acupressure wristbands — a new blue and black plaid unisex design called “Fast Track.” 

Psi Bands acupressure wristbands for the relief of nausea due to travel, pregnancy, chemotherapy or anesthesia and are worn on both wrists at the Nei-kuan acupressure point. 

Psi Bands were voted the most buzzworthy product of the year at the 2012 Travel Goods Association trade show, the company noted, and the brand is a 2011 Huggies MomInspired Winner. Psi Bands were recently featured on ABC’s "Shark Tank," "The Jeff Probst Show" and "Good Morning America."

 

 

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