January 22, 2016, 7am PST
A raft of recent research finds that small, local businesses are critical to overcoming many of our biggest challenges. This article rounds up the new studies and what they say about why local business should be a focus of planning in 2016.
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
December 4, 2012, 7am PST
Saying "no" to Walmart does not remove the wants and needs they exist to serve. If you want a more locally-oriented community, you need a more local-friendly system, says Scott Doyon.
September 5, 2011, 1pm PDT
Part of Buffalo, New York's decline, writes Amy Kedron, involved a shift from local to non-local ownership of businesses. A movement is afoot to encourage businesses to "Think Local First."
April 19, 2011, 9am PDT
Styled after Harper's Index, this "Localism Index" suggests that local economies and independent businesses might just be making a comeback.
March 30, 2011, 6am PDT
Manufacturing in the U.S. hasn't gone away, it's just gone local, writes Allison Arieff.
March 6, 2011, 9am PST
Will the settling down of Generation X, whose youngest members are now turning 30, represent a boom in localism and community building? Scott Doyon thinks so.
September 23, 2010, 10am PDT
Local food advocates have promoted the idea of only eating food raised within 50 miles of your home. But how about 2 blocks? A Vancouver neighborhood experiments in communal growing.
May 3, 2010, 1pm PDT
Stacy Mitchell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance summarizes some of the key positive trends in re-localization.
October 13, 2009, 2pm PDT
Joel Kotkin sees a trend in a 'New Localism'- people aren't moving around like they used to, and it's causing them to reengage with their communities.
December 11, 2008, 2pm PST
A new and widely publicized study claims that there is no evidence that Wal-Mart has had a negative impact on the small business sector. A close inspection of the study by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance argues that the report is flawed.
October 20, 2008, 1pm PDT
Joel Kotkin thinks that the effects of the financial crisis may not be all bad, and may even encourage a new focus on family and community ties.
April 7, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>In this article from <em>Metropolis</em>, dystopian author and urban critic James Howard Kunstler riffs on localism.</p>