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November 1, 2018, 8am PDT
San Francisco's Planning Commission rejected a bill that would have made it illegal to open new office cafeterias, recommending that legislation be crafted to allow these eateries to be open to the public instead.
San Francisco Chronicle
July 31, 2018, 9am PDT
Large corporations providing on-site cafeterias are considered a threat to local restaurant business.
San Francisco Examiner
March 23, 2018, 10am PDT
Chicago-based Foxtrot looks to expand their new convenience store concept with a nationwide roll-out.
Modern Cities
January 3, 2017, 2pm PST
Mapping the complete transformation of the beer business in the United States.
City Observatory
June 6, 2016, 2pm PDT
An op-ed describes the choice by many cities to prioritize residential projects in old industrial spaces as short-sighted and potentially unjust.
Next City
March 4, 2016, 9am PST
Unprecedented transit build-out in California could transform the state. Now leaders are working to ensure the infrastructure connecting major cities also benefits the communities it touches along the way.
The Planning Report
February 23, 2016, 11am PST
Waste management and composting take an entrepreneurial twist through Cleveland millennials' burgeoning home-grown business.
CEOs for Cities Blog
January 22, 2016, 7am PST
A raft of recent research finds that small, local businesses are critical to overcoming many of our biggest challenges. This article rounds up the new studies and what they say about why local business should be a focus of planning in 2016.
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
October 23, 2015, 7am PDT
An in-depth study of business improvement districts (BIDs) in two Los Angeles neighborhoods examines the factors behind their success or failure.
Next City
September 23, 2015, 12pm PDT
A proposal to design a park at the 11th Street Bridge between Capitol Hill and Historic Anacostia includes a through study of how the new park can connect two neighborhoods without leaving anyone behind.
Greater Greater Washington
April 14, 2015, 12pm PDT
Downtown gentrification threatens to displace skilled artisans in a district where workshops go back five generations. Some of the jewelers own their premises, but the rewards for building pricey condos are tempting.
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 12, 2011, 2pm PDT
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.
Business Week
September 5, 2011, 1pm PDT
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."
Next American City
August 25, 2011, 11am PDT
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.
Citiwire
July 17, 2011, 9am PDT
Chuck Wolfe explains how the fusion of laundromats and dining are evidence of the evolving city and the ongoing need for regulatory reform.
Sustainable Cities Collective
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.
The Nation
March 30, 2011, 6am PDT
Manufacturing in the U.S. hasn't gone away, it's just gone local, writes Allison Arieff.
The New York Times
September 4, 2010, 7am PDT
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.
Straight.com
June 8, 2010, 9am PDT
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.
Guardian
October 3, 2009, 1pm PDT
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.
Orion Magazine