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The Impact of a New Starbucks on Local Businesses

South Side Weekly quotes Rachel Weber, UIC professor of urban planning and policy, and Kate Lowe, UIC assistant professor of urban planning and policy, in a story examining an empty city lot in Bridgeport being sold for below market value to build a Starbucks. Weber addresses issues such as what impact, good and bad, the store and its drive-thru may have on local businesses, as well as restrictions on an adjoining retail space. Lowe, who is a member of Bridgeport Alliance, says public input is needed for projects like this and other local developments.