I ****ing hate retail
Prop 34 lost 53-47. . What a shame. Californians are smart enough to overwhelmingly vote Obama, but not smart enough for anything else I guess.
* Looks matter more than you might think. Sociology points to a study that saw crime increase and standard of living decrease in an area when broken windows stopped being fixed. It stands to reason that having a big box company move in and spend their money creating a nicer facade will lead to a nicer neighborhood and a decrease in the crime rate.
Just my two cents.
sociology also isn't the best place to look for those results criminology research is much more fitting.
Now we have had a few national chains (where a branch is individually owned and operated), pony up the cash for an investor to come in and build a branch. We're ok with that.
And I am aware of the broken windows theory. Thats what actually kicked off my entire idea to start this pilot program. I talked to many entrepreneurs that have had failed businesses and asked them what some of the biggest holdups where. Their answers and concerns were:
1) Large nationwide chains never felt any resistance to open just a block from when their business was.
2) Because of the stiff taxes and building charges associated with building in older places they never had the capitol to invest in the building.
3) They didn't have the resources to invest in training like the big brands.
So my goal with the two taxes (and trust me I only explained a sliver of it, the actual thing is 35 pages) was to aide small businesses in numbers 1 & 2. Our economic studies showed that the revenue from on street parking, sales and employment taxes, and various other small streams far outweighed the income from the property tax we miss out on.
Our goal is to largely increase our local economy, and although no single store has opened in Q3 projections we already see an increase. In doing all the construction our 'ma and pa' business owners have selected all local products.
Obviously my other comment holds little water in your case, but my general argument that individuals and small businesses spur the economy, and not government, remains the same.
Last edited by JDM; 11-08-2012 at 08:06 AM.
Since neither republicans or democrats seem to care, I choose to be Independent. This allows me to keep my views with no compromising.