The Neighborhood vs. the Blogosphere

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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.

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2 Responses to “The Neighborhood vs. the Blogosphere”

  1. Jeremy Says:

    In 2006, San Francisco voted on added restrictions for chain stores. 2006’s Prop G passed with 58.2% of the vote.
    http://www.smartvoter.org/2006/11/07/ca/sf/meas/G/
    But in most of the Mission, it got over 80% of the vote. Check out maps here:
    http://www.piratecatradio.com/wordpress/?p=6457
    Basically, every precinct between 18th and 22nd, and Dolores and Van Ness was over 80%.

  2. Jeremy Says:

    Some fuel for the fire: Check out how SF and the Mission voted on adding restrictions to chain stores in 2006:
    http://www.piratecatradio.com/wordpress/?cat=11

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