Andersonville vs. Retail Chains

The lovely neighborhood of Andersonville is having growing pains. The argument today is whether or not to ban or limit “formula businesses” such as Starbucks and others.

From the Chicago Tribune “The proposal’s backers point to a 2004 study that found that for every $100 spent at an Andersonville business, $68 remains in Chicago, compared with $43 at a chain store.”

I don’t disagree with those numbers, nor would I want my neighborhood full of national chain stores. But do I really want the government choosing which businesses would be banned and which would not? I’m sure everyone has a different answer depending if you are a current neighborhood resident, business owner or building owner. What’s your take?

3 Comments so far

  1. jack (unregistered) on October 10th, 2006 @ 4:38 pm

    if the series of ridiculous things the city council has come up with lately to try to enforce or ban or otherwise make chicago look foolish is going to continue maybe we should just disban it and let the mayor run everything. if dunkin donuts wants to open a store and people want to buy their coffee more power to them. if the people of anderson really did not want the store they would not buy anything form them and they would not come to the neighborhood. don’t rely on the government to choose your coffee, do it yourself. And if the aldermen have nothing better to spend their time with the city should cease paying them and send everyone home.

  2. K. (unregistered) on October 11th, 2006 @ 1:45 pm

    You know, in theory, it could be a nice enough idea- “let’s be supportive of local businesses and try to preven the homogeneization of America!” But the whole thing smacks of Big Brother and kind of makes my blood run cold- if we can decide that a specific business is too “big” for the neighborhood, can we decide that they’re too right/left wing? Too outspoken? Too ? I really hate that idea.

  3. JoJo (unregistered) on October 13th, 2006 @ 12:06 pm

    Right on Jack!

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