April 13, 2017, 10am PDT
In Chicago, food trucks are disappearing and some blame the city’s stepped up enforcement of regulations and fines.
December 12, 2016, 8am PST
A motion in City Council would open the door to new protections for gentrifying areas.
July 14, 2016, 5am PDT
Craft beer aficionados take note. Bloomington, Illinois now allows businesses selling artisanal products to manufacture their goods on-site. The ruling blurs a distinction between industrial and commercial zoning.
May 3, 2016, 1pm PDT
San Francisco is starting a program to recognize and protect long-standing local businesses based on their community value, not architectural significance.
June 15, 2015, 6am PDT
The big market forces of Los Angeles long ignored Elysian Valley, colloquially called Frogtown. But now the neighborhood has hip cachet and residents are organizing to have a say as the area changes.
Los Angeles Review of Books
June 1, 2015, 1pm PDT
According to Aaron M. Renn, left-leaning urbanists chafe against a regulatory culture their ideology supports. Favoring "regulation for thee but not for me," they want to bend the rules, but only for enterprises they like.
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.
July 10, 2014, 1pm PDT
Nathan Jensen, a political science professor at Washington University in St. Louis, has found evidence that one of the most popular strategies for state and local leaders to attract new business does not pay off.
April 23, 2012, 5am PDT
Using case studies from across the country, a toolkit released earlier this month by the National League of Cities aims to provide local leaders with concrete strategies to assist the growth of their local entrepreneurs and small businesses.
January 18, 2011, 10am PST
Rome has instituted a new tax on tourists aimed at building a fund to restore its crumbling infrastructure. But some worry it will drive tourists away.
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.
September 20, 2010, 11am PDT
Mary Newsom reviews a new book on New York City by Roberta Brandez Gratz, and finds lessons that cross borders even into her very different city of Charlotte.
August 13, 2010, 9am PDT
Officials are planning to install a second major separated bike lane in downtown Vancouver. Local business owners are trying to stop them.
September 4, 2009, 8am PDT
A new street greening project in North Portland that seeks to reduce stormwater runoff is fueling a debate between the area's young, eco-conscious businesses owners and older owners who are worried about interruption from the project.