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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2002

Small Businesses Fight Abuse of Eminent Domain

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/small-businesses-fight-abuse-eminent-domain/

Denver’s Asian stores are not alone in facing condemnation for a national chain. In a growing number of court cases around the country, small business owners are challenging attempts by local and state governments to seize their property for chain store development. Traditionally, eminent domain—the power of government to take private property for public use, provided that the owner receive market value—has been used for schools, roads, and other public infrastructure. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2002

Wal-Mart Decision Challenged in New Orleans

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/walmart-decision-challenged-new-orleans/

Opponents of a massive Wal-Mart supercenter approved by the New Orleans City Council in April are fighting the so-called "done deal" on several fronts. A coalition of organizations has filed two lawsuits challenging the decision. The plaintiffs include Smart Growth for Louisiana, the Coliseum Square Association, the Louisiana Landmarks Society, the Historic Magazine Row Association, and the Urban Conservancy. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2002

“Independents Week” Celebrated in Tampa

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/independents-week-celebrated-tampa/

Posters declaring "Celebrate Independents Week!" greeted customers of local stores in Tampa, Florida, during the week of July 4th. "As we celebrate our nation’s independence, we invite you to join us in celebrating our great local independents," the posters read.

Independents Week was conceived by Carla Jimenez, co-owner of Inkwood Books. For several years, Inkwood has used Independence Day as an opportunity to remind customers of the importance of locally owned businesses to the community. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2002

Community Hero Card Promotes Local Businesses and Volunteering

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/community-hero-card-promotes-local-businesses-and-volunteering/

A new program in Minneapolis rewards residents for supporting locally owned businesses and volunteering at local nonprofits. Developed by CHC Data Inc., the new Community HeroCard enables residents to earn rebates by shopping at more than 40 local stores. The rebate doubles if the cardholder volunteers at a nonprofit organization. The card looks like a credit card with a magnetic data strip that works in a standard debit card machine. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2002

Big Box Moratorium on Ballot in Ellsworth, Maine

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/big-box-moratorium-ballot-ellsworth-maine/

A grassroots group, Citizens Organized for Responsible Development (CORD), in Ellsworth, Maine, has gathered the 1,109 signatures needed to place a measure calling for a temporary moratorium on new retail development on the November ballot. If it passes, the referendum will suspend construction of retail stores larger than 80,000 square feet on undeveloped land and commercial expansion of more than 40,000 square feet on developed land for a period of six months. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2002

New Yorkers Fight Chain Incursion

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/new-yorkers-fight-chain-incursion/

"We have a strong sense of community here," says Krista Wergeland, a resident of Manhattan’s Upper West Side and member of a neighborhood group working to block an incursion of fast-food restaurants and chain stores. Long known for being unique and down-to-earth, the Upper West Side is increasingly popular with national retailers like Starbucks, the Gap, and Barnes & Noble. "You wake up and ask yourself: What’s happening to the identity of this community?" said one resident. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 1 Comment | Updated on Jul 1, 2002

Homegrown Economics: In Boulder, Local Businesses Stay Ahead of the Chains

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/homegrown-economics-boulder-local-businesses-stay-ahead-chains/

A profile of the first Independent Business Alliance. Plotting the overthrow of the franchised world, bookstore owner David Bolduc and political organizer Jeff Milchen strategize on how to preserve hometown businesses in Boulder, Colorado, and around the country. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2002

Arcata Prohibits Forumula Restaurants

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/arcata-prohibits-formula-restaurants/

In mid-May, the city council of Arcata, California voted 4-to-1 to enact a citywide cap on the number formula restaurants. The measure must pass a second reading on June 5. It will become law 30 days later. The ordinance defines a formula restaurant as one that shares the same design, menu, trademark, and other characteristics with twelve or more other establishments. The ordinance bars a formula restaurant from locating within the city unless it is replacing an existing formula restaurant at the same location. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2002

Austin Independent Business Alliance Takes Off

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/austin-independent-business-alliance-takes/

Steve Bercu, owner of Book People, a large independent bookstore in Austin, Texas, has been increasingly concerned about the decline of the city’s homegrown businesses. Like the rest of the country, Austin has seen as steady influx of national chains. Meanwhile, the local businesses so central to the city’s sense of place and character are disappearing. About a year-and-a-half ago, Bercu learned about the Boulder Independent Business Alliance (BIBA) in Boulder, Colorado and decided to replicate the approach in Austin. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2002

Independent Funeral Homes Rebound

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/independent-funeral-homes-rebound/

Just a few years ago, industry observers were predicting the demise of independent funeral homes. Four giant companies were buying up thousands of independent mortuaries and rapidly consolidating the industry. By processing bodies at large regional embalming plants, buying in bulk, and sharing employees across multiple homes, the chains were expected to gain a significant financial edge over their independent competitors. Continue reading