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Featured Article, Testimony filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Oct 10, 2016

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

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsr-testimony-new-york-city-hearing-on-retail-diversity-and-neighborhood-character/

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. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on May 20, 2016

Keeping Commercial Space Affordable for Local Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/keeping-commercial-space-affordable-for-local-businesses/

The cost of leasing commercial space is soaring in many U.S. cities, threatening the future of independent businesses. Cities have a range of options available to them to keep space appropriate, accessible, and affordable to locally owned businesses. We’ve identified six broad policy strategies. Continue reading

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Featured Article, Report, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2016

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

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/affordable-space/

As the cost of leasing commercial space soars in many U.S. cities, a new report from ILSR examines what’s behind the skyrocketing rents and explores six broad policy strategies that elected officials and community leaders are proposing to keep commercial space appropriate, accessible, and affordable for independent businesses. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 15, 2012

Store Size Caps

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/store-size-caps/

Dozens of communities, recognizing that their local economies can absorb only so much new retail without causing numerous existing businesses to close, have enacted zoning rules that prohibit stores over a certain size. Store size caps help to sustain the vitality of small-scale, pedestrian-oriented business districts, which in turn nurture local business development. Continue reading

Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | 1 Comment | Updated on Dec 23, 2008

How Big are Big-Box Stores?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/how-big-are-bigbox-stores/

Wal-Mart and Target are currently building "supercenters," which combine their usual array of merchandise with a full supermarket and numerous specialty services from cut flowers to eye glasses. Supercenters typically range from 180,000 to 250,000 square feet, or between 4.1 to 5.7 acres. The parking lots that surround these stores are several times the size of the store itself. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 8, 2007

California Supreme Court Bolsters Local Authority to Control Retail

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/california-supreme-court-bolsters-local-authority-control-retail/

In a unanimous decision yesterday, the California Supreme Court fortified efforts by cities across the state to restrict the development of big-box stores, favor small-scale retailers, and protect the vitality of downtowns. The ruling (Hernandez v. City of Hanford) upholds the authority of cities to adopt planning and zoning ordinances that have a direct impact on economic competition and that treat businesses differently based on the scale of their stores. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2007

Bellingham, Washington, Bans Big Boxes

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/bellingham-washington-bans-big-boxes/

After months of study and consideration by local officials and concerned citizens, the Bellingham City Council has enacted a law that prohibits stores over 90,000 square feet and imposes design standards on those over 60,000 square feet. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2006

San Diego Bans Supercenters

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/san-diego-bans-supercenters/

The San Diego City Council voted 5-3 to prohibit supercenters — stores that are larger then 90,000 square feet and devote more than 10 percent of their floor area to groceries. The measure will prevent Wal-Mart and Target from opening large supercenters in the city. Wal-Mart supercenters average 187,000 square feet in size. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2006

Crowd of 1,400 Turns Out as Montana County Bans Big Boxes

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/crowd-1400-turns-out-montana-county-bans-big-boxes/

A public hearing on a county ordinance to limit stores to 60,000 square feet got a late start because it had to be moved first to the middle school auditorium and then to the gymnasium to accommodate the throng of nearly 1,400 people who turned out. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 8, 2006

Anti-Supercenter Ordinance Upheld

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/antisupercenter-ordinance-upheld/

A California appeals court upheld an ordinance enacted by the city of Turlock that prohibits the construction of supercenters. Wal-Mart had challenged the ordinance on the grounds that it illegally restricted competition. The court ruled that the ordinance was a valid use of local authority. Continue reading