Video: Stacy Mitchell talks Amazon, Concentration, and Building Resilient Local Economies

Date: 15 Apr 2019 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR co-director Stacy Mitchell was the guest for a special edition of Strong Towns’ webcast earlier this year. Stacy spoke with Strong Towns co-founder and President, Chuck Marohn on topics like Amazon, tax incentives, retail concentration, and big-box stores.… Read More

Reining in Dollar Stores (Episode 59)

Date: 15 Nov 2018 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Co-hosts Stacy Mitchell and Marie Donahue speak with Tulsa City Councilwoman, Vanessa Hall-Harper. Earlier this year, the city council of Tulsa, Oklahoma passed an ordinance restricting dollar stores from building new locations in north Tulsa, a predominantly African-American area. … Read More

Want Your City to Prosper? Then Forget Everything You Think You Know about Economic Growth (Episode 37)

Date: 11 Jan 2018 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of ILSR’s Building Local Power podcast, Chuck Marohn of Strong Towns sits down with Stacy Mitchell to discuss why the conventional wisdom about economic growth often leads communities down a dark path of decay. … Read More

Big Finance is Destroying Big Retail

Date: 6 Oct 2017 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This article was originally published in our The Public Good: Reports from the Front Lines (September 27, 2017), available here. In the 1980s, leveraged buyouts became financial engineering’s newest invention. Corporate raiders would use the assets of the target corporation … Read More

How Big Businesses Get Big Subsidies (Episode 23)

Date: 29 Jun 2017 | posted in: Building Local Power, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of our podcast, Building Local Power, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell interviews Greg LeRoy of Good Jobs First about the tax incentive packages that governments give to big corporations, and how local governments can do economic development better.… Read More

The Dark Store Tax Dodge of Big-Box Retailers (Episode 1)

Date: 23 Sep 2016 | posted in: Building Local Power, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the first episode of our new podcast series, “Building Local Power,” 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.… Read More

Key Studies: Why Local Matters

Date: 8 Jan 2016 | posted in: Retail | 50 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A growing body of research is giving us new ways to quantify the harms of bigness and the benefits of local ownership. In this post, we round-up the important studies and provide the evidence that policymakers can use to craft better laws, business owners can use to rally support, and citizens can use to organize their communities.… Read More

For Cities, Big-Box Stores Are Becoming Even More of a Terrible Deal

Under what has become known as the “dark store” method, big-box retailers are declaring their busy stores to be functionally obsolescent and therefore nearly worthless for tax purposes —and they’re winning big judgments for back taxes. It’s the latest example of the way that, even as local governments continue to bend over backwards to attract big-box development, these stores are consistently a bad deal for communities. … Read More

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