Watch the Growth of Walmart and Sam's Club
Professor Mark J. Perry's Blog for Economics and Finance
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The zoning proposal, backed by local politicians and the Bloomberg administration, would limit the size of new storefronts. But more than two dozen large (and beloved) mom-and-pops could face skyrocketing rents when their outsize footprints are grandfathered and become coveted by the very chain businesses that rezoning supporters want to curtail.So the new zoning law will solve one problem, yet may drive out some of the neighborhood’s longtime popular local businesses.
Unintended victims could include Upper West Side institutions like Barney Greengrass and Albee Baby Carriage Co., which have been in business on Amsterdam Avenue for 100 and 80 years, respectively; longtime cafés, funeral homes and hardware stores; and Mediterranean- inspired mainstays such as Columbus Avenue's Isabella's and Amsterdam's Gennaro.
“They'd all become targets instantly,” said Rafe Evans of Walker Malloy & Co., a local brokerage. “Their landlords would be sitting on gold mines.”
Regarding energy policy.....
From Kevin Williamson's excellent article in National Review "The Truth About Fracking":
March Madness showcases some of the best athletes and most exciting games in college sports. Unfortunately, the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament also highlights the worst in wasteful government spending, according to this press release from the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA).
In February, the jobless rate for manufacturing was 8.4% (not seasonally adjusted) compared to the 8.7% national rate for all industries (not seasonally adjusted). That marks the ninth consecutive month starting last June that the jobless rate for the manufacturing sector of the U.S. economy has been below the national jobless rate, and reverses a 32-month period from October 2008 to May 2011 when the manufacturing jobless rate was equal to or higher than the national average rate. The gap during that period was at its highest in April 2009 when the manufacturing jobless rate was almost 4 points higher (at 12.4%) than the national average rate of 8.6%.