In Cities Around the Country, New Action on Commercial Affordability

Date: 27 Mar 2018 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As independent businesses are grappling with the rising cost of rent in many U.S. cities, a new strategy is catching on: Policies that set-aside space for local businesses in new development. Here’s a look at three new programs that show how this tool can work — and offer examples of a step that cities can take to strengthen locally owned businesses.… Read More

8 Policy Strategies Cities Can Use to Support Local Businesses

Date: 28 Aug 2017 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Independent businesses are among the best engines that cities have for advancing economic opportunity. But they’re disappearing in many places. This isn’t, in large part, because these businesses aren’t competitive. It’s because misguided public policy and concentrated market power are working against them. In this policy brief, we present 8 ways that cities can level the playing field and ensure that local businesses have the opportunity to start, grow, and thrive.                … Read More

ILSR’s Testimony at New York City Hearing on Retail Diversity and Neighborhood Character

Date: 10 Oct 2016 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

At a recent New York City Council hearing, ILSR submitted testimony examining the importance of locally owned businesses to the City, the crisis affecting them, and examples of effective and proven policy strategies to level the playing field for these businesses.               … Read More

How Rising Commercial Rents Are Threatening Independent Businesses, and What Cities Are Doing About It

Date: 20 Apr 2016 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As the cost of leasing commercial space soars in many U.S. cities, this report examines what’s behind the skyrocketing rents and explores six broad policy strategies that cities are proposing to keep space appropriate and affordable for independent businesses.                … Read More