What to do about Williamsburg’s empty stores (Virginia Gazette)
At Williamsburg Crossing, almost every other storefront is empty. Ten years ago it was the place. What happened? The answer isn’t as simple as over-building of stores, experts say. Instead, the decline reflects a shift in how new housing was planned or expanded.
Yokohama furloughs workers (Roanoke Times)
Yokohama Tire Corp.’s factory in Salem furloughed employees for four days this week.
Travel industry scrambles to cope as Americans spend less (USA Today)
The sinking U.S. economy is forcing many Americans to cut back on or give up a hallowed tradition: the family vacation. A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds that 58% of people who normally take an annual vacation away from home will shrink their vacation spending this year –– or just not go.
The Condé Nast Portfolio 25 (Portfolio)
They’re changing the way we do business (and not always for the better). Don’t miss features on Twitter CEO Evan Williams, Google’s gambit with the power grid, and an essay about CEO Steve Jobs’ leave of absence from Apple.
So, You Want to Be an Entrepreneur (WSJ)
Make sure you’re cut out for it first. In this bleak economy, lots of people are contemplating striking out on their own — whether they’re frustrated job seekers or people who are already employed but getting antsy about their company’s prospects. For some people, entrepreneurship is the best option around, a way to build wealth and do something you love without answering to somebody else. But it’s also a huge financial gamble — and some people, unfortunately, will discover too late that it’s not the right fit for them.