Copy-and-Paste Towns

August 5, 2013 at 10:36 am Leave a comment

by Andrew Price, July 15, 2013, reposted with permission from his blog

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“I am a huge supporter of economic gardening – the idea that the economy and jobs are things we should grow locally, rather than economic hunting – searching for jobs and bringing them here. The problem of attracting jobs is that you rapidly dominate the scene with chain stores. When you become economically dependent on chain stores, you are no longer creating a unique urban environment, but a rather dull Copy-and-Paste town with a potentially fragile economy…

Economic gardening leads to a diverse and unique local economy. If all you are doing is economic hunting – searching for the next retailer to open up in your town, you risk becoming what I call a ‘Copy-and-Paste town’. A Copy-and-Paste town has nothing unique to offer, and can be described simply by its combination of fast food retailers and big box stores that it offers its residents; I call it a Copy-and-Paste town because it consists of nothing more than retailers that have ‘copied and pasted’ their standard template into the town simply to milk profit out of the town, often by using minimum wage jobs, without contributing any kind of uniqueness or livability to the town.”

Lots more on the entrepreneurial approach to regional prosperity HERE>>

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Entry filed under: Business, Relocalization.

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