Quote of the Day - You, for example, clever to a fault, / The rough and ready man that write apace, / Read somewhat seldomer, think perhaps even less.
The City of Hanford, California struck a blow for businesses big and small, even though the City Council acted to ring in Big Box stores such as Wal-Mart and Ikea. As MIPTC reported before, the City passed an ordinance to prohibit small stores from certain areas of its boundaries through a unique ordinance: no store smaller than 2,500 square feet can sell furniture in a certain zone.
The area designation was challenged by owners of small furniture store, but the California Supreme Court approved of cities either restricting or allowing certain sized stores depending on its goals. In other words, cites and counties can now act to attract or repel certain types of stores, big or small, as long as they can articulate a reason for doing so.
With the niche areas of specialization, you can now expect cities to jump on this bandwagon. Just imagine the possibilities for these cities: Intercourse and Deviation in Pennsylvania, right next to Paradise, Whisky Basin and Rough and Ready, California.