SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON CITIES
ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON CITIES
ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT,
JOB CREATION, COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON SMALL BUSINESS
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
As the economy suffers, a change that has long been in process becomes ever more obvious: upstate and downstate, in large and small cities, across wealthy and struggling neighborhoods, there is less and less retail diversity. While it is impossible to identify any single reason for the broad loss of local and diverse retail, it is important to understand common features and potential statewide solutions.
The devastating common features of many of our mid size and smaller cities is that both the neighborhood commercial strips and downtown business districts have been hollowed out because of "big box" retailing and strip plaza development on the outskirts of urban centers.
New York City neighborhoods tend to suffer from either a drought of retail or such high rental prices that locally owned small businesses are driven out and replaced by nationally owned chain stores. The lack of retail options in struggling neighborhoods leads to inadequate supplies of retail goods-and often to higher prices in less prosperous neighborhoods.
Recreating urban density is essential for the survivability of walk-in spaces in urban neighborhoods, and for the long-term health of the neighborhoods.
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How can New York promote and facilitate appropriate retail development? What "best practices" should be employed?
What policies should New York be developing to support small business in this economic downturn?
How can New York promote retail diversity in both affluent neighborhoods and low income neighborhoods?
What new and innovative policies should the Empire State Development Corporation be advancing to promote, develop and grow diverse retail environments in cities across our state?
The statute authorizing Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) saw its last major revision in 1989. Are BIDs functioning as intended?
Should New York develop Community Improvement Districts and take a more holistic approach to neighborhood retail development?