The study, "Amazon's Stranglehold: How the Company's Tightening Grip Is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities," was authored by Olivia LaVecchia and Stacy Mitchell in November 2016. The study seeks to unmask the enormity and subtlety of Amazon's influence on the marketplace which becomes more and more of a ruthless monopoly each year.
The Knigh Foundation's three-year study, "Soul of the Community," answers the question: What makes people feel rooted to their place? This is an important question, because the more people who feel connected to their community, the more that community will prosper economically.
The overall findings were people feel a higher emotional attachement to their city or town when the following needs are met:
1. Perception of safety
2. Social offerings
3. Community leadership
5. Basic services