The Life Raft

CoolTown Studios has an excellent post up describe the critical components of what many of our cities need, sun belt cities primarily, in the worst way.

Local, independent businesses on the ground floor. Not only do local businesses have four times the economic impact over nationals, but the entrepreneurs who run them are a key source for job growth. The ideal business in this building would be a third place restaurant/cafe/coffeehouse/lounge.

I’ve described something similar at this post:

we are working to develop a multi-family prototype geared to the needs of Millennials. It generally consists of smaller units, but more embellished common areas and amenities to accommodate their highly social nature and attract talented college graduates to Dallas.

A focus on urban infill housing and creating a more livable city will provide the foundation for getting out of this rut. The will is there, even if it is subcutaneous, but we also need leadership to guide us there through the darkness.


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  • i’m still not all that clear on that ‘local businesses vs. chains’ study/argument. what is ‘economic impact’ and why does it matter? and if chains are so bad, then why is chain-hating SF in such bad shape? and what of this ‘job growth’? what does that actually mean? anything? does it mean that if we let/encourage the opening of four independent stores instead of one big, box, we’ll see more people hired? does that go on indefinitely or is there some equilibrium point?

    i’m not saying that report is all bad or untrue or anything else — i’m just saying i’m not convinced.