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

Walmart: 50 Years of Gutting America’s Middle Class

Date: 5 Jul 2012 | posted in: Retail | 3 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Walmart’s history is the story of what has gone wrong in the American economy. Wages have stagnated. The middle class has shrunk. The ranks of the working poor have swelled. Whatever we may have saved shopping at Walmart, we’ve more than paid for it in diminished opportunities and declining income. … Read More

Wal-Mart Wants to Colonize New York City: Our Response

Date: 4 Feb 2011 | posted in: Retail | 4 Facebooktwitterredditmail

An overflow crowd of hundreds turned out yesterday at a New York City Council hearing on the impact Wal-Mart would have if allowed to expand into the city. ILSR’s New Rules Project was invited by the Council to testify as part of the first panel of speakers.  Here’s what we said about the impact Wal-Mart would have on New York. … Read More

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