The corner store has a mythic place in our view of American cities. Mythic because, in most cities, they exist only in our minds.
Last week, the Seattle Transit Blog ran a guest post by Anders Meyer that looked at this issue.
Imagine if you could walk to work, or to the store to pick up groceries? Ride your bike with your children to their daycare, or pick up locally made holiday gifts from the boutique right around the corner? What if just doing the errands meant you’d run into a neighbor or friend who was happy to see you?
It seems like a simple thing — the corner store — but the economics of it makes them a struggle, particularly when we tilt the playing field so far in their competitor’s direction. Let me show you what I mean.
(Read more: Strong Towns Blog – Strong Towns)