Faulty Study Ignores Small Business Benefits

Date: 5 Mar 2014 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last month, San Francisco’s Office of Economic Analysis issued a new study concluding that the city’s policy restricting the spread of chain stores is harming the local economy. But the OEA’s sweeping conclusion rests on bad data and a deeply flawed analysis that misses many of the benefits of independent business. In this article for the San Francisco Bay Guardian, we detail exactly how the study gets it wrong.… Read More

How San Francisco is Dealing With Chains

Date: 30 Aug 2012 | posted in: Retail | 6 Facebooktwitterredditmail

San Francisco is home to more independent businesses than other big cities, thanks in part to a 2006 law than gives neighborhoods the power to reject “formula” retail stores and restaurants. But the policy has major gaps, which have opened the way for chains to slip into the city. City leaders are now looking to beef up the law. … Read More

San Francisco Weighs Restrictions on ‘Formula’ Businesses

Date: 1 Sep 2003 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Matt Gonzalez has introduced legislation requiring that neighbors be notified whenever a formula retail store or restaurant seeks to open in their neighborhood. Residents would have the option of requesting a public hearing and formal review by the Planning Commission.… Read More

San Francisco May Notify Neighbors When Chains Try to Move in

Date: 1 Jul 2003 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Under a measure introduced by San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Matt Gonzalez, the city would notify neighbors whenever a pharmacy or coffee shop wants to open nearby. Residents would have 30 days to request that the proposed store be subject to a public hearing and formal review by the Planning Commission. Such reviews are normally required only for major demolition or construction, or when there is a change of use, such as from residential to commercial. … Read More

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