Immigrant Businesses in Local Communities
In this study, we explore how immigrant businesses are shaping physical, cultural, social, economic, and political landscapes in their local communities in the emerging immigrant gateway of Charlotte, North Carolina. Focusing on the case of a multiethnic retail corridor, we find that, as active place-makers, immigrant businesses have transformed deteriorating and abandoned street fronts into vibrant and well-frequented urban environments conducive for further development. Through a systematic approach to understanding the place-making process of immigrant businesses, findings from this study call for more in-depth integration of immigrant and ethnic economies in local policies and planning strategies for neighborhood revitalization.
Full article can be found here: Schuch, C. and Wang, Q. 2015. Immigrant Businesses, Place Making, and Community Development: A Case from an Emerging Immigration Gateway. Journal of Cultural Geography.