Local Business

When governments use public money to woo national chains, economic growth and job creation aren't worth the cost, says Stacy Mitchell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Independent retailers also suffer.
Sep 12, 2011   Business Week
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."
Sep 5, 2011   Next American City
Cities across the country are making efforts to encourage people to buy locally and support the local economy. Food is the main target for local boosters.
Aug 25, 2011   Citiwire
Chuck Wolfe explains how the fusion of laundromats and dining are evidence of the evolving city and the ongoing need for regulatory reform.
Jul 17, 2011   Sustainable Cities Collective
Styled after Harper's Index, this "Localism Index" suggests that local economies and independent businesses might just be making a comeback.
Apr 19, 2011   The Nation
Manufacturing in the U.S. hasn't gone away, it's just gone local, writes Allison Arieff.
Mar 30, 2011   The New York Times
Cycling activists in Vancouver are trying to tout the economic benefits of bike lanes to help build the case for a proposed separated bike lane.
Sep 4, 2010   Straight.com
Seeing a marked decline in the amount of bookstores in the traditional cultural center of Paris, the city began a program to actively lure them back.
Jun 8, 2010   Guardian
Michael S. Thompson of the Chicago Honey Co-op discusses his urban beekeeping operation and how it provides jobs to otherwise hard-to-employ people.
Oct 3, 2009   Orion Magazine
A revival of small, neighborhood retailers could be an important strategy for countering climate change, enticing people to run errands without driving their cars.
Aug 22, 2009   Grist Magazine
Local currencies are seeing a resurgence in American communities.
Aug 12, 2009   Los Angeles Times