Starbucks

January 30, 2015, 10am PST
A guest column for Quartz reveals the "Starbucks Effect" on real estate values as well as the method to the coffee vendors success.
Quartz
October 6, 2014, 12pm PDT
Suburban Starbucks models are bumming urbanists out. But they also served as a nice allegory of what the future there might hold. Scott Doyon's latest blog post explains.
PlaceShakers
July 26, 2013, 1pm PDT
We've found this week's ultimate time-waster! Slate has developed a map quiz that asks participants to guess which city is being depicted based solely on the geography of its Starbucks locations.
Slate
October 25, 2012, 8am PDT
What might have been a business story about the failure of a local coffee chain - and not a small one at that - to compete against the mighty Starbucks becomes more of a description of what Seattle is all about, and urbanity plays a major role.
The New York Times - U.S.
March 7, 2012, 8am PST
Perhaps it's appropriate that Starbucks has chosen a city known for self-exploration and experimentation to unveil a new concept store that offers a glimpse of the cafe of the future.
Fast Company Co.Design
November 21, 2011, 11am PST
The retail chains have each announced expansion plans for next year, even as many businesses are closing stores.
Retail Traffic Magazine
Blog post
October 18, 2011, 1pm PDT

I am writing this missive from the living room of a Starbucks. Not that you'd care where I'm writing from. Except this time it's relevant. 
Here on Montana Avenue, in Santa Monica, I'm joined by other folks who are also on their laptops, recovering from yoga, or just biding their time. The guy sitting at my table just sold a pilot to Fox. That's nice for him. A few weeks ago I sat next to Hillary Swank here. She's not hurting either.  

But others aren't so lucky. To its credit, Starbucks seems to want to do something about it.

Josh Stephens
February 1, 2011, 9am PST
What makes effective transit-oriented development? Transportation planner Alan Huynh makes a good argument for the proximity to a cup of coffee as a defining characteristic of quality TOD.
The Alan Note
March 11, 2010, 9am PST
The small community of Tofino on Vancouver Island is looking to ban all future franchise retail establishments from moving into town.
The Vancouver Sun
Blog post
September 16, 2008, 7am PDT

Starbucks stores have seen a lot of protests. Due to its international brand recognition, the chain became an easy mark for activists looking to draw media attention to concerns from genetic engineering to union busting, from store placements in historically sensitive locations to the company’s opposition to Ethiopia’s application to trademark three types of coffee.

Jess Zimbabwe