There is no doubt that the pandemic has catalyzed significant changes in our daily lives, and for retailers, the changes are abundant, from social distancing requirements that require reconfigured floor plans to mask mandates and hand sanitizer stations. However, one day, these present-day standards will be behind us, but not all of the trends to emerge during the pandemic will go away with them. Outdoor space and social equity are sure to still around long after the threat of infection has dissipated.

“People will always gravitate to public places where they can commune with their friends and family and enjoy a bite to eat in between shopping and browsing. After being on lockdown for so many months, this desire will only grow stronger,” Greg Lyon, chairman and principal at Nadel Architecture + Planning,” tells “The pandemic has also highlighted the need for outdoor gathering areas that are attractive and comfortable. We see the demand for features like the outdoor living rooms we designed for many of our projects growing stronger in light of the pandemic, and even after it has subsided, this demand will continue.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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