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Pawnshops are neighborhood businesses providing vital services to the community. To restrict zoning to other than general retail should require a very compelling reason. The compelling reason should not be historical perception. To restrict zoning there should be something wrong with the service provided, the business itself, or the customer served.
The services provided by pawnshops include:
Discount Retail (new and pre-owned) is an opportunity for customer to make their dollars go further – it helps other merchants and community by giving them more discretionary funds.
Short-term credit enables the community to pay the bills of other local merchants such as groceries, medical expenses, utilities, auto and transportation to work. The pawn business is a neighborhood business with the majority of customers residing within 1-2 miles. The same people utilize a pawnshop that utilize McDonalds. If appearance or wrongful activities are a problem, it has to do with that particular business, regardless of the kind of business. The customer is the surrounding neighborhood – if good, good – if bad, bad. Restrictive zoning denies access to credit to low income consumers who cannot travel or who are uncomfortable in restrictive areas. Restrictive zoning implies the neighborhood is dishonest and questions the integrity of the residents – and it says that how much money your have determines the quality of your character.