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    Public Safety Costs of Box Stores

    This may have been asked before, and it certainly has been discussed. But I am in a hurry, so if anybody has any actual hard data on the public safety costs of box stores, I would love to see it.

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    Have you tried looking at the Barnstable, MA study on impacts of commercial uses? I think it's on their website, but I may have a copy on the laptop if you'd like for me to dig it up.
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    Don't take it out of context

    Quote Originally posted by NHPlanner
    Have you tried looking at the Barnstable, MA study on impacts of commercial uses? I think it's on their website, but I may have a copy on the laptop if you'd like for me to dig it up.
    I researched that document when a similar question came up in my work. My understanding from reading it and talking to their Planning dept is that the study findings are very site-specific and should not be applied to other municipalities without more analysis. The fact is that questions like this one can only be resolved on a site-by-site and town-by-town basis because each place is unique. Even generalities are hard to make.

    Contact the Town of Barnstable's planning department directly to get the full scoop on this- they are very friendly!

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    Quote Originally posted by Masswich
    My understanding from reading it and talking to their Planning dept is that the study findings are very site-specific and should not be applied to other municipalities without more analysis.
    Very true, but it does provide a framework to start analysis from....
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    I know this response is probably days later than you were looking for, but here it goes anyway:

    Contact the Town Manager and Police Department of Littleton, NH. They have some data on demand for public safety services since the big box invasion began there in +1998.
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