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Long Beach Wants Fewer Commuters, More Entrepreneurs

Release Date: 2017-08-08

Tasha Hunter was driving across North Long Beach a few months ago when she came across a new flower store in a retail space that had been empty for most of 2017. She went inside and congratulated the small family running the operation. She also asked if they had a business permit.

The answer was no. Their friends owned the spot, and decided to lend it to the ad hoc flower company in the run up to Mother’s Day.

Hunter, of Long Beach’s Uptown Business District, didn’t call the city to report the illegal operation. She had something else in mind. “I don’t need any more empty storefronts out here,” she says. “Instead, I told them, ‘You know what? I want to help you.’”

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