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July 2018

Retail is booming in America, but not on Main Street, where brick-and-mortar stores are losing ground to online competitors. This month, Planning drops in on small- to medium-sized cities that are updating regulations, revising codes, offering financial incentives, and more to support hometown retail and spur economic development. A follow-up zooms in on creative coping strategies under way in Athens, Ohio; Greenfield, Massachusetts; and Huntsville, Texas.

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Retail Realities

In the age of e-commerce, economic resiliency can't bank on brick and mortar. Jeffrey Spivak reports.
 

Drilling It Down

Local planners push back on state oil and gas preemptions, reports Mark Jaffe.
 
 

Staying Local, Online and Off

Three small towns find ways to keep businesses — and their revenue — close to home. Story by Kristen Pope.
 

The Long Journey Back

Michael Stockstill follows the winding journey of the LA River, from concrete eyesore to public amenity.
 
 

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