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Localism: By The Numbers

How big is E-Commerce?

According to the latest release by the United States Census Bureau, retail e-commerce accounted for $264 billion of sales in 2013. So, in a vacuum it would appear that with a number that large, internet-based sales are dominating the retail landscape with brick and mortar stores fading away. However, that is not the case at all. The total . . .

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July 09, 2014

A Look Back At The 2012 ABA Indie Impact Study Series

And A Look Forward To 2014

When analyzing the economic benefits of shopping at independent businesses it always comes back to the amount of money they keep in the local community after the initial purchase is made. After calculating how large this advantage can be in our Austin and Andersonville studies we realized that this trend would likely hold up nationwide. . . .

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June 11, 2014

Older, Smaller, Better

National Trust for Historic Preservation /Preservation Green Lab

Stacy Mitchell linked a fascinating new report from the National Trust for Historic Preservation titled Older, Smaller, Better: Measuring how the character of building and blocks influences urban vitality.

This study used empirical data to make a case that smaller is better when building neighborhoods. The report looks at three cities: San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington DC, which were chosen for the age if their building stock and wealth of neighborhoods.sb_floatThey developed a methodology that involved breaking a city down into a series of 200-meter-by-200 meter squares and analyzing each based . . .

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May 31, 2014

Welcome

Welcome to Localism: By The Numbers. We hope this blog will allow us to share some views and insight into the various methods of looking at the localism movement through numbers and statistics. Welcome to Localism: By The Numbers. We hope this blog will allow us to share some views and insight into the various methods of looking at the localism movement through numbers and statistics.sb_float This will be a combination of presenting our own original work along with highlighting the work of others that has caught our eye and can help put . . .

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May 31, 2014

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