NYC should require new developments to split retail spaces into small enough units for small businesses to afford.

The great character of NYC is that on one block there are 10 different storefronts. This creates the ability for small experimental stores or restaurants. It allows for people to take risks on a small scale which result in the innovative culture of NYC.

This is why the West Village, East Village and Williamsburg are such desirable neighborhoods.

Its all changing.

Unfortunately, wherever new buildings go in we have massive retail spaces. These spaces can only be filled by national chains. They’re too expensive for a new business to take a risk on. So there is a proliferation of CVS, H&M, bank branches, etc..

All at the expense of the potential innovative small business.

At the expense of the NYC variety and exceptionality.

^Day 43/90 145 words

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