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Over at Atlantic Cities, Emily Badger is asking why the "vegan farm-to-table karaoke bar never comes to pass". The answer, of course, is that Starbucks will pay more rent. Never mind the other two already down the block. And thus, her real question is how can neighborhood folk more effectively communicate their development desires to real estate pros in order that a community be well-served and interesting. The days of small scale family real estate development are all but over— it's mostly a corporate thing now, and, argues Badger, they're neglecting to ask the public's opinion. Thankfully there's a growing online movement, led by D.C.-centric site Popularise, that solicits neighborhood input and communicates those desires to developers. In this manner, customers may win greater control over where they ultimately spent their local dollars. [Atlantic Cities]