March 30, 2018, 8am PDT
In an interview, urbanism scholar Emily Talen discusses what it would take to restore "main street principles" to American towns and cities. Understandably, small retailers play a big role.
March 19, 2018, 10am PDT
Starbucks is launching a long-term effort to create local jobs, provide training opportunities for youth, and invest in local minority-owned businesses.
December 29, 2017, 11am PST
While the number of national retailers is still growing in New York City, growth is slowing and it concentrated in the restaurant and food sector of the market.
Center For An Urban Future
February 17, 2017, 10am PST
The citizen-driven campaign has garnered support from City Council.
August 5, 2015, 12pm PDT
Rising rents and competition with chains are taking their toll on Manhattan bodegas, a mainstay for hispanic neighborhoods for their fresh and ethnic foods. As their numbers decline, chain stores increase, and Walk Scores drop.
The New York Times N.Y. / Region
September 23, 2013, 8am PDT
The battle over whether to allow a proposed Jack Spade store to open in San Francisco's Mission District points to the incongruities of a city desperate to maintain its retail diversity while it loses its residential diversity.
January 31, 2013, 6am PST
Dollar stores were already a presence in rural communities, but recession has caused dollar chains to ramp up development to keep pace with the public's growing need to stretch their paychecks. Urban communities aren't immune from chain creep either.
September 15, 2012, 11am PDT
A city law enacted in 2006 was intended to protect San Francisco's independent stores from the spread of chain - or 'formula' - stores. Stacy Mitchell explains the gaps in the current law and the efforts of one city Supervisor to tighten it.
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
May 14, 2012, 12pm PDT
Chain store opponents in Vermont battle to preserve the uniqueness of their small towns by pushing against a planned Dollar General Store. While a review board narrowly approved a plan, it also attached a lengthy list of restrictions.
February 3, 2012, 10am PST
Joseph Berger reports on New York City's efforts to protect local retailers with new zoning in Manhattan's Upper West Side, where the proliferation of chain stores, banks, and pharmacies have caused consternation.
September 26, 2011, 11am PDT
Kaid Benfield argues that if people are going to embrace mixed-use, denser living styles, architects and designers need to "embrace the familiar."
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.
February 1, 2011, 12pm PST
Two Virginia-based burger chains are interested in opening locations in Downtown Portland, but are facing opposition from city residents and officials.
The Portland Press Herald
February 1, 2011, 5am PST
A national survey of independent businesses found that those in communities with an active "buy local" campaign experienced significantly stronger revenue growth in 2010 compared to those located in areas without one.
January 13, 2011, 12pm PST
The Commercial District Advisor and LISC have selected five businesses as "The Best Chains on Main", recognizing their commitment to economic revitalization and dedication to improving their communities.
The Commercial District Advisor
November 13, 2010, 9am PST
As chain stores move into a Brooklyn neighborhood, some locals worry about the loss of local character and small businesses.
May 29, 2010, 7am PDT
Residents of Birmingham, Alabama are rallying against a drive-through Chick-fil-A going up in their neighborhood, showing a growing awareness of the effect of development on the character of their community.
April 17, 2009, 10am PDT
As a new luxury retail center replaces a decades-old hardware store in upscale Malibu, California, many worry about the troubled future facing local businesses and services.
August 6, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Mom-and-pop shops in New York are being rapidly replaced with chain stores, according to a new count that shows more than 5,700 chain outlets in the city.</p>