Downtown Los Angeles could be uniquely exposed to the economic impacts of the pandemic due to its high concentration of boutique retailers and mom-and-pop restaurants. These independent retailers are most exposed to the economic pressures brought on by the pandemic, which include mandated closures, limited capacity and health and safety guidelines. However, Nick Griffin of the DCBID says that independent retailers are also better able to adjust to new market conditions than large chains.

“I think that you could make the case in either direction,” Griffin, executive director at the DCBID, tells “I would argue that a diverse ecosystem of small businesses has a level of resilience and flexibility that larger chains often don’t have. We have had several new businesses open during this time, and they are doing well. I have also been really gratified to witness how innovative and resilient those small businesses are. They are able to see what is happening and shift their model as they need to or scale up and scale down. It is really a testament to the importance of those small businesses.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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