Retail vs. E-Tail

Internet sales could put a damper on communities' hopes.
July 24, 2000, 8am PDT | Laura Kraft
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Editor Ruth Knack, AICP, made her first online purchase last year (a laptop computer), along with millions of other people - to the dismay of traditional retailers. The growth of "e-tail" has both mall developers and shopkeepers, and the local governments that depend on their sales taxes, running scared. After all, local governments have for decades looked to retail development as a panacea. Overambitious zoning maps designated huge tracts for commercial use - land that's now often empty or filled with abandoned buildings. A big change in shopping habits would make it harder to fill the excess. Ruth Knack is the executive editor of Planning.

Thanks to Laura Krafft

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Published on Saturday, July 15, 2000 in Planning Magazine
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