LA City Council Wants Retail Chains Shut Out Of Chinatown

Law360, New York (March 26, 2012, 6:36 PM EDT) -- The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Friday to support an ordinance that would prohibit major retail chains from setting up shop in the city's Chinatown neighborhood, a day after Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was issued a permit to open a 33,000-square-foot store there.

The vote directed L.A.'s planning department and city attorney to draft a temporary ordinance that would prohibit new permits for retail chains with standardized design elements that wish to open franchises larger than 20,000 square feet within the Chinatown district.

Councilman Ed Reyes,...
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