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Title: Localist Movements in a Global Economy: Sustainability, Justice, and Urban Development in the United States
Authors: David J. Hess
Robert Gottlieb, Henry R. Luce
Keywords: Local Development
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: The MIT Press
Description: It is 7 o’clock on a Thursday evening, and people are headed to a meeting of the “local fi rst” business association of Springfi eld. The members have come together under the banner of supporting the locally owned independent businesses in their community. They are a politically diverse group, and they try to leave their partisan politics at the door. For example, Abby works for a microfi nance organization that assists Springfi eld’s minority-owned small businesses. Ben works for a large retail food cooperative and is heavily involved in sustainable local agriculture. Cathy works for a reuse center that provides job training for at-risk youth, but she also sees her work as helping to solve the problem of solid waste. Daniel, an independent software developer who is involved in a campaign against Wal-Mart, was arrested in the Seattle demonstrations against the World Trade Organization. Edna, who runs an independent bookstore, is facing debilitating competition from the chain stores, and is coming to the meeting partly because “buy local” campaigns have become a cornerstone of independent bookstores’ survival. Frank, a political conservative who runs a hardware store, has seen sales dwindle since a “big-box” store came to his neighborhood and has come to the conclusion that life was much better in the era of small, neighborhood retail shops.
ISBN: 978-0-262-51232-9
Appears in Collections:Regional and Local Development Studies

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