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chi-dla piper stuff (2) DLA Piper’s 14th Global Real Estate Summit in Chicago on Sept. 26 brought together a group of industry titans to discuss placemaking.

CHICAGO—In the past, commercial real estate developers kept different types of properties neatly separated into silos. Retail centers were exclusively retail, and apartment complexes were just places to live. But these days, many apartment dwellers want shopping and entertainment options as close as possible, and the rise of e-commerce means brick-and-mortar stores need additional ways of drawing shoppers inside. Therefore, making new projects into true destinations, places where a broad cross-section of users want to shop, live, work and play has become the driving force in the modern world of real estate.

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.

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