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MAS CLE Program: Mom and Pop Among the Chains: Law, Policy and Urban Retail Diversity

Tuesday, November 13, 8:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m., at the Municipal Art Society, 457 Madison Avenue

“Intricate minglings of different uses in cities are not a form of chaos.” – Jane Jacobs, Death and Life of Great American Cities

This CLE course will address legal issues relating to maintaining urban retail diversity in New York City, including those issues relating to the concentration of uses in major business and residential districts; the resulting loss of small non-chain stores; the economic and legal factors that promote the current conditions; case-studies and zoning initiatives taken by New York and other municipalities to promote retail diversification; and the economic case for small scale diversification.


  • John Shapiro Planning and Real Estate Consultant, Phillips Preiss Shapiro Assoc. Inc. PPSA was founded in 1968 and specializes in zoning and land use regulation, real estate advisory services, market and feasibility analyses, comprehensive and community planning and expert testimony.
  • Michael J. Ewing Developer, Williams Jackson Ewing, Inc. 30 years redeveloping, merchandising and leasing. Projects include a variety of retail, entertainment and mixed-use projects, including New York’s Grand Central Terminal.
  • Vicki Weiner Preservation Specialist, Pratt Center for Community Development Project Director of “Fulton Mall: New Strategies In Preservation.” Former Kress Fellow for Historic Preservation at the MAS. Former Executive Director of both the Historic Districts Council and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.
  • Moderator: Michael Gruen, Esq. Counsel, Vandenberg & Feliu, LLP Mr. Gruen’s practice includes land use, environmental conservation and historic preservation.

CLE Credit: 2 Hours in Areas of Professional Practice, all attorneys (accreditation application pending)

Cost: MAS members: $100; Non-members: $120; Gov’t/Student/Non-Profit: $60.

Registration: Please see the attached form or call 212-935-3960 for more information.

*Persons not seeking CLE credit may attend this program if space permits. Please call or email Genevieve Sherman at or 212-935-3960 for more information.

This program is presented in conjunction with Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York. A project of the Municipal Art Society, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation.