In Kendall Square, Retail Thoughts on May 16, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Apparently word has gotten out to street canvassers that Kendall is hot. The number of the people pitching causes/initiatives for Save the Children, MassPIRG, ACLU, etc. in Kendall is definitely on the rise and it’s pretty exciting.  The fact that these folks find the foot-traffic heavy enough to justify such activities is a great sign.

Like it or not, street canvassing (for money and/or signatures) is a reality in busy urban places.  In fact, I’d be willing to bet there is a direct connection between the number of canvassers and price per square of retail space. This would be a fun study.  For now though, I’m happy to see the canvassers in Kendall Square (I haven’t seen Greenpeace though – when they come it will really mean the neighborhood has arrived).  Maybe I’ll start adding incidents of canvassing to our CityRetail marketing reports…

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