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Stacy Mitchell

small stores on Main Street

Cities where small, locally owned businesses account for a relatively large share of the economy have stronger social networks, more engaged citizens, and better success solving problems, according to several recently published studies.

And in the face of climate change, those are just the sort of traits that communities most need if they are to survive massive storms, adapt to changing conditions, find new ways of living more lightly on the planet, and, most important, nurture a vigorous citizenship that can drive major changes in policy...

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Byline: Communities thrive with smaller, locally owned businesses allowing for better responses to market demand, natural disasters, and community engagement.

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