Send Us Your Tourists; Keep Your Brands At Home

Approaching commercial build-out, a gateway community to the Canadian Rockies looks for ways to keep it local by limiting multinational firms.
June 19, 2003, 9am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"With commercial build-out expected in 2006, coupled with market trends, municipal officials say concerns have been raised that local community stores could be priced out and replaced by chain stores.... 'Banff is so special and there's a feeling we should be doing as much as we can to maintain our sense of place and character,' [Planning and development manager Randall McKay] said.... 'But people are concerned about corporate branding of place. I think it's important to maintain a sense of place and have some control over that if you want a very unique visitor experience."

Thanks to John C. Shepard, AICP

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Published on Thursday, June 19, 2003 in Calgary Herald
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