4. Local character
As large box stores dominate more and more of our retail, communities across the country begin to look the same. If you’ve ever gone on a cross-country road trip, it may have seemed to you like town after town had the same assortment of superstores and fast food chains, with a smattering of regional variations and local businesses here and there. This is a shame; it means that our cities and towns are losing a significant part of what makes them unique and interesting.