Canada is about to host the first on-road demo of an autonomous vehicle in Ottawa on Thursday (October 12th). The car is connected to what the city calls their ‘live infrastructure.' Connecting self driving cars to city services now, will help planners look forward to a time when driverless cars fill the streets. This demo includes Ottawa on a list of ‘Smart Cities’ that think of self-driving cars not only as "autonomous" but as a part of citizen experience.
The 2017 hurricane season has put a few firsts into the history books. According to Wikipedia, this year included the easternmost Category 5 Hurricane on record and the first-ever occurrence of two Category 4 hurricanes to hit the US in a single season - Harvey and Irma.
Don’t listen to those championing the death of retail. There's never been a more exciting time to be in brick-and-mortar. Despite the emergence of online retail, real-world locations have proven to be a powerful sales and marketing tool. Even as e-commerce grows, consumers still choose to shop in physical stores, preferring to “see, touch, feel and try out items.”
The commercial real estate industry is accustomed to its share of hyperbolic headlines, but amidst all the “retail-is-dead” noise, one thing is certain -- there is more open retail space than usual right now, both in shopping centers and in urban environments.