Dollar Store Restriction — Birmingham, Ala.

Date: 4 Oct 2019 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Birmingham, Ala. is one of the largest cities yet to pass a dollar store dispersal restriction. The city did this in coordination with a concerted effort to combat food deserts. Birmingham created a “Healthy Food Overlay District,” which includes the majority of the city’s footprint.… Read More

Dollar Store Restriction — Mesquite, Texas

Date: 2 Jul 2019 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Passing a city-wide ordinance in July 2018, the City of Mesquite, Texas, has made dollar stores a “conditional use,” which means they must undergo a review and receive a special permit to open. This requirement is in addition to a dispersal rule. … Read More

Dollar Store Restriction — Kansas City, Kan.

Date: 2 Jul 2019 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas City’s regional planning commission, passed an original dollar store dispersal policy prompted by community concerns about the growth of chain discount stores and lack of access to healthy food in 2016, and subsequently passed an updated ordinance in February 2019.… Read More

Dollar Store Restriction — Tulsa, Okla.

Date: 2 Jul 2019 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In April 2018, the City of Tulsa, Okla., passed an ordinance that limits new dollar stores and encourages full-service grocery stores in area of the city known as north Tulsa. Since its passage, the Tulsa policy has become a national example and motivated other communities to consider and pass similar policies.… Read More

Oregon – Composting Rules

Date: 1 Apr 2019 | posted in: Composting, environment, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Oregon’s composting regulations aim to facilitate composting while preventing public nuisance issues and any adverse environmental consequences. Oregon revised its composting regulations in 2009, as a means to both facilitate greater amounts of composting, as well as ensure new and existing facilities performed at the same same level of quality standards.… Read More

Dollar Store Restrictions

Date: 2 Oct 2018 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As dollar stores multiply rapidly across the U.S., cities are developing dollar store-specific policies to rein in their growth. Such policies include “dispersal restrictions” that set limits on how close new dollar stores can be to existing ones. These ordinances account for the existing concentration of dollar stores within a neighborhood or city and help ensure that these chains cannot amass at such a density that they impede opportunities for grocery stores and other businesses to take root and grow. Policies have been passed in cities including Tulsa, Okla., Mesquite, Texas, and Kansas City, Kan.… Read More

Reining in Pharmacy Middlemen

Date: 19 Sep 2018 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

PBMs use several tactics to undermine competition and monopolize the prescription market. In some cases, they impose mandatory mail-order clauses on health plans and their customers, compelling people to obtain certain prescriptions through the mail rather than from a local pharmacy. PBMs commonly offer independent pharmacies take-it-or-leave it contracts that force them to either accept reimbursement rates that leave them losing money on some prescriptions or be left out of an insurer’s network altogether.… Read More

Adaptive Reuse of Commercial Buildings

Date: 25 May 2018 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Neighborhoods with a variety of buildings of different ages, and especially those with historic buildings, can offer a built environment that’s well-suited to independent businesses. The challenge is that, in many cases, historic commercial buildings have become vacant and fallen into disrepair—and may be difficult for startups or independent entrepreneurs to retrofit, bring up to code, and re-occupy. A tool known as adaptive reuse can provide modest incentivizes and reduce these barriers to retrofitting historic buildings, ultimately facilitating the growth of local businesses.… Read More

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