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Mapping Dollar Store Domination in Eight More Cities

Marie Donahue and Hannah Bonestroo  |  Feb. 20, 2019

ILSR has followed up on our previous in-depth research on the explosive growth in dollar store chains with new maps of the stores' spread in eight U.S. cities. These maps show stark divisions along racial and economic lines.

In the accompanying article, we explain the dollar chains' strategy of a high density of stores and its impact. And we report on what some cities are doing to check their spread and restore healthy, affordable food to their residents. READ MORE.

NEWS

After Pressure from Officials and Community, Amazon Drops Plans to Build HQ2 in Queens, New York

ILSR  |  Feb. 22, 2019

Following months of public debate and community action, Amazon announced last week that it would continue to grow its workforce in New York, but would not follow through on plans to build a new campus in Queens. Through a deal negotiated by the governor and mayor behind closed doors and without legislative review, New York had offered Amazon nearly $3 billion in tax subsidies.

But the deal quickly became a flashpoint in public discussions around inequality, tax breaks for big business, and the power of monopolistic firms to bend the rules to their own advantage. The odds were long, but community organizing and public accountability ultimately prevailed.

While all eyes have been on New York, Amazon has begun to encounter similar opposition in northern Virginia and Nashville. And its ruthless HQ2 sweepstakes have inspired a new movement to limit corporate giveaways (follow Good Jobs First for latest on this).

ILSR's Stacy Mitchell discussed the New York reversal on Chris Hayes on MSNBC, as well as Vice's MotherboardThe Hill, and VentureBeat.

Our research and analysis of Amazon's monopoly power was cited frequently in the HQ2 debate too, including our reports on Amazon's ultimate ambitions and the company's incursions into government procurement, and our commentary on its past history of public subsidies.

For other good commentary, we recommend David Leonhardt's column in the New York Times; this call-to-arms piece from last fall by Ron Kim and Zephyr Teachout, also in the Times; and this piece by Hamilton Nolan in Splinter.


PODCASTS

People Love Local Food. Yet Local Farmers are Disappearing. What’s Going On?

ILSR  |  Feb. 7, 2019

In this episode of Building Local Power, ILSR co-director Stacy Mitchell speaks with Leah Douglas, a staff writer and associate editor at the Food and Environment Reporting Network. As a reporter, Leah focuses on corporate power and political economy in the food sector. 

She and Stacy also discuss some encouraging examples of communities fighting back against giant corporate actors including the success of a small town in Missouri.

Listen to the full episode here, or on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. 

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