Welcome to the first episode of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s newest podcast series, “Building Local Power.”
In our first episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Olivia LaVecchia, a research associate with our Community-Scaled Economy initiative, about her work on the “dark store” strategy that big-box retailers have been using to slash their property tax assessments.
“A lot of our systems are set up to privilege big-box stores and these bigger companies,” says LaVecchia. “There’s this narrative out there that locally owned businesses can’t compete, when really that’s not what’s going on. They’re competing pretty well considering they have to swim upstream a lot of the time.”
For more information, take a look at our article on the tactic, “For Cities, Big-Box Stores Are Becoming Even More of a Terrible Deal.”