This should surprise no one. As cities grow more dense and traffic gets worse, people turn to closer-to-home solutions for shopping. Sprawling cities get shopping centers, close to home, that support the majority of local shoppers' needs. It, of course, makes perfect sense. Some places even have everything self-contained in single, massive buildings--living space, work, and shopping all in one.
Have you ever been worried that municipal politicians are wasting your money? It happens at every level of government. How's that for dead weight loss?
Google talks about municipal broadband. As I said in my other blog, Houston's working on it! Apparently, other cities aren't having success, though.
PBS has a neat web page on globalization, though the economist in me always wants more data.