The following was posted by Stephen in response to some comments on this SF Bay Guardian article:
It’s amazing that if you walk down Valencia and you talk to people the residents and businesses are overwhelmingly against American Apparel moving in. And yet so many people commenting on the blogs are in favor of American Apparel. Often with deliberately misleading arguments like trying to claim that American Apparel “isn’t actually a chain store.”
I spent all last night walking up and down Valencia talking to people, visiting stores, collecting signatures. The Mission is against American Apparel. If we took a vote of people that live and work within four blocks of the proposed store 90% of the people would vote against it. We’re not letting them ruin Valencia.
If you don’t believe me, maybe you should stop by a Valencia business and ask them to put a “save American Apparel” sign in the window. See how they feel about that.