Why Every Main Street Looks The Same

How Municipal Policy & Financial Incentives turned Main Street Into Chain Street

Coby Lefkowitz
22 min readMay 7, 2022

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A retail strip with three well known chains that could be anywhere in the US. Source: Marcus & Millichap

Walk down the Main Street of any city or town today and you might notice something off. It’s not that the roads are too wide (though they are), or that the sidewalks are too narrow (though they are, too), or even that there’s not much to walk towards (though this is…

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Coby Lefkowitz

Urbanist, Developer, Writer, & Optimist working to create more beautiful, sustainable, healthy, equitable and people-oriented places.