8 out of the 10 times we buy something , it’s from somewhere in our neighborhood. Local buying has been around forever and only recently have we started to foray in the last 40 years beyond our neighborhood to the big box suburbia stores. The interstate and the car enabled that but with rising fuel costs and carbon concerns…a renaissance is happening in buying even more locally.
NYC recently launched an initiative to put 5000 food carts in ‘food desert” areas so that people can buy more locally. Local warehouses are now hot properties in commercial real estate because of the rise in eCommerce and need for local distribution. Even some manufacturing has shifted back to the USA to alleviate transportation costs. This is great for carbon reduction…but with a new challenge of how to move both people and things more efficiently in local neighborhoods.