Nov 27, 2007

It ain't necessarily so

Mr Andrew Brindisi, who runs a fine restaurantt with his own name on the door in downtown Saratoga Springs, is apparently a bit concerned with the rise in online shopping and its "devestating effect" on local economies. He is quoted in today's Saratogian as saying such.

Such a statement is not necessarily true.

For example: what if a huge portion of those online purchases were being directed to a net-retailer that is located within one's own 'burgh? In that case, the local economy is in fact GAINING from the trend to shop remotely, with new outside momey flowing into the city's money whirlpool. So, one would hope that there are an increasing number of virual retailers within those city borders as a way of taking advantage of this new age method of retail commerce, right? Maybe a forward-thinking economic development department would even initiate programs and incentives to encourage that sort of thing, right?

Unfortunately, the gentelman's comments just show the old school "Main Street" economy way of thinking that dominates the local mindset. Such a persepective will harm the future outlook for the well-being of Saratoga --- or any other community, for that matter.

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1 comment:

shotinthedark said...

“Mr Andrew Brindisi, who runs a fine restaurantt with his own name on the door in downtown Saratoga Springs, is apparently a bit concerned with the rise in online shopping and its "devestating effect" on local economies.”

It could also be construed that online shopping might be beneficial to Mr. Brindisi.
If consumers are able to save money and time by shopping online, it’s not hard to surmise that these same consumers will now have more money and time to go to restaurants such as Brindisi’s.