Strange how in places where there is a lack of things we find things - worth preserving, like American diners. I’m not sure how we preserve these. But small places where a weary traveler can stop get a hot meal and a cup of coffee with a backdrop of local culture and place are becoming very rare.
I’m not sure exactly how a town goes about preserving what makes it who it is while attracting growth and by necessity retail chain businesses that by their nature destroy the places that make it unique. Just a few thoughts, I think I will model a series of what-ifs and then tie them to local economic data and see what that model shows. In other words where does the money go and are their hidden cost benefits we dont normally consider.