would the project be a failure otherwise?
I didn't say that, all I said is they didn't mention retail. Somebody on here told me there was going to be retail, and I am personally interested to know whether that is true or not. The Chronicle didn't mention retail, and neither did the official press release.
I don't think retail could make or break this project, but retail could possibly benefit main street. Even with all of the empty retail space, it takes empty space to make something great in the future. If everybody designed their projects to have no retail space, there will be no possibility of a vibrant street in the future. At least with empty space, there is a possibility of it filling up in the future.
I think retail might factor into the LEED certification somehow. The Chronicle mentioned that the Discovery building was going to have retail, as a part of it's LEED certification, or something like that. But until we get some real credible information, it's all speculation. Unless somebody has insider info that I don't know about.
Edited by Jax, Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 11:48 AM.