Small businesses in high-rent cities face disaster. If they go under, urban life will change. | Washington Post

May 16, 2020
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On May 16, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, How many small businesses are in D.C.?, was cited by the Washington Post:

The pandemic is threatening the survival of independently operated stores, restaurants, bars and other enterprises in cities with vibrant, walkable neighborhoods and soaring commercial rents. In the District alone, there are an estimated 38,000 small businesses, according to the D.C. Policy Center. Some were already being pushed out by corporate chains before the pandemic brought the nation’s economy to a halt.

Read more: Small businesses in high-rent cities face disaster. If they go under, urban life will change. | Washington Post

Related: How many small businesses are in D.C.? | D.C. Policy Center

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