We are committed to helping our clients devise customized, market-based solutions for their districts and turn these objectives into actionable plans.


We offer the following services to support economic development organizations, community based organizations, Business Improvement Districts (BID) and other commercial district managers in their commercial revitalization efforts:


  • Market Analysis
  • Commercial District Assessments
  • Consumer Research
  • Retail Studies
  • Custom-designed Solutions
  • Economic Studies and Policy Papers


  • BID Planning and Formation
  • ICSC Deal Making Preparation
  • Training and Education
  • Program Development and Evaluation
  • Performance Benchmarks and Evaluation Metrics
  • Board Retreats


for brokers, developers & retailers

We offer the following services to support real estate brokers, retailers and developers in their retail leasing and site selection efforts:


For cities &  government entities

We offer the following services to support cities and government entities in their efforts to maintain or establish economic development efforts:


  • Market Analysis
  • Consumer Research
  • Custom-designed Solutions
  • Economic Studies and Policy Papers


  • Training and Education
  • Program Development and Evaluation
  • Performance Benchmarks and Evaluation Metrics


  • Economic Development and Retail Plans
  • Land Use and Planning
  • Retail Real Estate Feasibility Analysis


161 Street Business Improvement District

Bronx, NY – Market Scan and Opportunity Site Analysis

 Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE)

Queens, NY – Far Rockaway Supermarket Viability Study

Flushings, NY – Economic and Market Analysis with Identity Branding and Attraction Strategies

Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development

New York, NY – Community and Economic Development Study

Bed-Stuy Gateway Business Improvement District

Brooklyn, NY – Market Demand Analysis

Borough of Fair Lawn, Bergen County Economic Development Corporation, Fair Lawn EDC, + NJ Transit

Fair Lawn, NJ – Fair Lawn Avenue Corridor Vision Plan

Brick City Development Corporation

Newark, NJ – Downtown 24/7 and College Town Initiative Retail Study

Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust

Bridgeport, CT – Site Diagnostic and Market Analysis

 Business Alliance of Kingston

Kingston, NY – Business Improvement District Formation

Chinatown Partnership

New York, NY – Market research for BID Marketing and Communications

City of Glen Cove Community Development Agency

Glen Cove, NY –  Downtown and Waterfront Planning

City of Peekskill

Downtown Peekskill, NY – Downtown retail recruitment study, including a comprehensive consumer survey, market analysis, and implementation recommendations

City of Seattle Office of Economic Development

Seattle, WA – Retail Study and Capacity Building

City of Trenton Office of Housing and Economic Development

Trenton, NJ – Trenton Citywide Economic Market Study

Clinton Street Corridor

New York, NY – Retail and Service Market Analysis

The Community Journal

Jackson Heights, NY – Grant writing, Implementation of a Local Small Business Loyalty Card Program

Coro New York

New York, NY – Curriculum design and program facilitation for the nation’s premier leadership training program for commercial district practitioners.

DUMBO Improvement District

Brooklyn, NY – Strategic Retail Attraction Technical Assistance

Friends of Hudson River Park

New York, NY – Neighborhood Improvement District Formation

Fulton Area Business (FAB) Alliance

Brooklyn, NY – Retail Market Analysis and Business Attraction Strategy

Grand Street Business Improvement District

Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY – Market Analysis and Retail Attraction

Greater Jamaica Development Corporation

Queens, NY  Strategic Retail Attraction Technical Assistance + Real Estate & Vacancy Tracking Service + ICSC ReCon Preparation 2016

Harvest Foundation, Virginia LISC

Martinsville, VA – Participation in and Development of Retail Strategy for a Three-Year Comprehensive Plan

Hudson Meridian Construction Group/ NYC Economic Development Corporation

New York, NY – Retail development services and program evaluation

Isles Inc.

Trenton, NJ – Recommendations and Action Plan

La Casa de Don Pedro

Lower Broadway Commercial District, Newark, NJ – Market Analysis and Work Plan Development

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Jacksonville, FL – Comprehensive Retail Scan and Strategies

Philadelphia, PA – Corridors of Retail Excellence Program (CORE): Commercial district diagnostic and program planning

Washington, DC – Market Analysis and Retail Strategy for Rhode Island Avenue

Woonsocket and Providence, RI – Corridors of Retail Excellence Program (CORE)

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC): Community Safety Initiative (CSI)

San Bernardino, CA; Youngstown, OH – Market Analysis and Action Plan

Local Initiatives Support Corporation MetroEdge (LME)

Buffalo, NY – Retail and Service Market Analysis

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) NY + NYC Small Business Services

New York, NY – Commercial Corridor Needs Assessment Template

Mosholu Preservation Corporation

Bronx, NY – Retail Analysis of the Webster Avenue Corridor

Bronx, NY – Jerome-Gun Hill Retail Market Analysis and Attraction Strategy

Bronx, NY – East 233rd Work Plan for Merchants Association + Retail Market Analysis

Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District

Ridgewood, NY – Market Analysis and Retail Attraction

National Main Street Center, Inc.

Chicago, IL – Retail District Market Analysis

Chicago, IL – Market Profile Update

New Rochelle Business Improvement District

Downtown New Rochelle, NY – Niche Retail Analysis

New York City Department of Small Business Services

Brooklyn, NY – Brownsville Market Assessment and Action Framework – Strengthening Pitkin Avenue

New York, NY – Commercial Rent Research Project

New York, NY – Program design and management of city-wide retail leasing pilot program. Commissioned to write the “Step by Step Guide to Retail Leasing”.

Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC)

Philadelphia, PA – Commercial District Classificationand Market Data Training

Pitkin Avenue Business Improvement District

Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY – Market Analysis and Consumer Survey

Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development

Pittsburgh, PA – Corridors of Retail Excellence Program (CORE)

Ridgewood-Bushwick Senior Citizens Council

Brooklyn, NY – Commercial Leasing Support

Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority

Seattle, WA – Market Analysis and Retail Attraction

Sheldon Oak Inc.

Hartford, CT – Retail Strategy for Albany Avenue

South Side Local Development Corporation/Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority

South Side/East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA– Restaurant and Retail Analysis

Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council

Springfield, Jacksonville, FL – Market Analysis and District Leasing Plan

Steinway Astoria Partnership

Astoria, NY – Retail Analysis and Business Attraction

Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District

Brooklyn, NY – Updated Market Data, Methodology for Retail Attraction, New Hire Training

Village of Ossining

Ossining, NY – Real Estate and Market Feasibility Study

Zona Rosa Corporation

Zona Rosa, San Salvador, El Salvador – Successful formation of the Central America’s first Business Improvement District



Design Trust for Public Space and NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development Issue The First Comprehensive Design Guidelines for Retail and Other Ground-Floor Uses in Affordable Housing Developments,” RealEstateRama, January 2016

5 things Trenton is focusing on to foster economic development,”, July 2015

Bed-Stuy BID Hoping To Attract Retailers To Fill In 80 Commercial Vacancies,” DNAinfo, June 2015

Revitalizing Commercial Corridors: Lessons from LISC MetroEdge,” Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, June 2015

Business District Managers Hit Streets,” LISC Chicago, Apr. 2015

Jeremiah Moss, author of vanishing New York: ‘What’s more destructive than Aids, crack and crime? Gentrification.,'” The Guardian, Apr. 2015

Irvington Avenue Complete Corridor Plan Unites Neighborhoods,” Together North Jersey, Jan. 2015

Two groups look to tap Kings Road buying power with more retail,” The Florida Times-Union, Dec. 2014

Ridgewood ramps up its retailing,” Crain’s New York Business, Sept. 2014

De Blasio makes planning, landmarks picks,” Crain’s New York Business, June 2014

Finding path back to prosperity,” Providence Business News, Dec. 2013

Mount Washington signs up for more customers,” The Institute for Comprehensive Community Development, Aug. 2013

Felicidades San Benito y Gracias a Los Miembros de IDA,” International Downtown Association, Aug. 2013

Mount Washington, Lawrenceville Retail Districts Get Funding Boost,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Aug. 2013

Developing Myrtle Ave,” Times Newsweekly, June 2013

Grand Street BID Re-Evaluates the Neighborhood,” Queens Ledger, June 2013

Steinway Astoria Partnership Holds Annual Meeting,” The Western Queens Gazette, June 2013

Philly Stake,” The Institute for Comprehensive Community Development, Jan. 2013

Lawrenceville’s Big Day,” The Institute for Comprehensive Community Development, Jan. 2013

Survey on Glen Cove nets 1,100 Responses,” Long Island Newsday, Nov. 2012

The Quest to Save North Hempstead’s Main Streets,” Mineola Patch, May 2012

Queens has what retailers want,” Crain’s New York Business, Jan. 2012

Working in Rhode Island to improve state economic efforts in cities,” The Institute for Comprehensive Community Development, Dec. 2011

Vermont Revitalization to give NYC a Boost,”, Oct. 2011

Experts helping to boost commercial strips in two Rhode Island cities,” The Institute for Comprehensive Community Development, Aug. 2011

Peekskill Launches Consumer Survey to Identify and Attract Businesses and Consumer Needs,” Peekskill-Cortlandt Patch, July 2011

City Seeking a Few Good Retailers,” Crain’s New York Business, May 2011

Top 50 Urban Policy Wonk Bloggers,” Public Servant Blog, Sept. 2010

Building Bridges – and Trust – to Improve Newark Retail,” LISC Institute, July 2010

Data Help Bed-Stuy Tell Its Retail Story,” LISC Institute, June 2010

Considering Commercial Diversity in Union Square. The Villager, Nov. 2008

Larisa Ortiz to Supervise LISC Commercial Revitalization Efforts,” LISC Press Release, May 2007


Optimizing Tenant Mix for Downtown Business Districts,“ International Council of Shopping Centers – RECon 2015, Las Vegas, NV, May 2015

Developing a Niche Retail Attraction Strategy,“ CPC Resources, Hudson Valley Main Street Summit, Middletown, NY, Nov. 2008

Commercial Stabalization: Getting Ahead of Neighborhoods in Transition,“ The Mayor’s Innovation Project, Madison, WI, Aug. 2008



Ortiz, Larisa, “Improving Tenant Mix: A Guide for Commercial District Practitioners,” International Council of Shopping Centers, 2015.







Larisa Ortiz Associates and Urbanomics, ” Trenton Citywide Economic Market Study,” 2014.







Larisa Ortiz Associates with Urban Partners, “Roadmap for Equitable Economic Development,” Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, Inc., 2013.






Ortiz, Larisa, White paper: “New and definitive evidence on what works to revitalize urban commercial corridors,” Institute for Comprehensive Community Development, 2011.






Ortiz, Larisa, “The Politics of Rehabilitation,” The Rappaport Review, 2004.







Ortiz, Larisa, “Rehabilitating Historic Districts through Public-Private Partnerships,” Habitat Debate, Vol 4: No 3, 1998.









Urban Land Institute, “Retail in Underserved Communities,” 2014.








Econsult Corporation, “Commercial Corridors: A Strategic Investment Framework for Philadelphia,” LISC Institute for Comprehensive Commercial Development, 2009.






LISC: Commercial Markets Advisory Service, “The Inner-city Supermarket – Myths and Reality,” 2008.







Burlington Associates, “Commercial Revitalization Planning Guide: A Toolkit for Community Based Organizations,” Local Initiatives Support Corporation, 2007.