Healthy Streets: Losing 'Mom and Pop' stores hurts our health
Mom and pop stores used to dot neighborhoods on the West Side, but many have been forced to close because they can’t compete with large corporate chains.
When small stores close, the whole neighborhood suffers. Streets are not as safe, sidewalks and parks deteriorate, children and residents stay inside, missing out on exercise, socializing and eating healthier foods.
Places that have thriving family businesses, on the other hand, have fun and are healthier. It’s an economic benefit and a rich cultural experience as well.
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