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Andrew Berman Andrew Berman, executive director, Village Preservation, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

NEW YORK CITY—There’s been much concern about the challenging retail environment in New York right now, and much debate about the causes. Spiraling retail vacancy rates and the closure of beloved businesses have led to finger pointing at landlord greed, e-commerce, overzealous rules enforcement, and even landmarking, which some claim puts small businesses “in a bureaucratic straight-jacket.”  But in fact, a first-of-its-kind study we recently released indicates that landmarking not only does not hurt the retail environment for small businesses, it might even help them.

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