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Atwater Village Farm Lets Neighbors Invest in Their Own Corner Store

Imagine a true neighborhood market where you can connect not only with local food and farmers, but also with your neighbors.

While Los Angeles seems to breed liquor stores, gas stations, and convenience marts, one institution that used to dot the urban landscape continues to vanish: the family-owned corner store. "We rode our bikes there," remembers chef Piper Goldstein. "Our parents sent us there to get milk." At a busy intersection in L.A.'s Atwater Village neighborhood, where she lives, Goldstein envisions a new twist on the corner store—one that's funded and driven by the community. At this market you can connect not only with local food and farmers, but also with your neighbors.

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