Locals are upset at the decline of their community as family-run businesses are priced out by major corporations.

This article titled “Malibu loses its character as celebrities and chain stores take over” was written by Kate Hodal in Malibu, for The Guardian on Sunday 20th November 2011 14.56 UTC

It was once a sleepy seaside town, a place where surfers could shop at family-owned markets alongside celebrities such as Goldie Hawn and John McEnroe, who admired Malibu’s laid-back feel in a town of Hollywood hustlers.

All that has now changed, say long-time Malibu residents, who complain that a series of rent hikes has forced small shops out and brought higher-end boutique stores in.

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