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On The Books: A Chain-Free Mission

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Remember when the Gap used to exist on Haight Street? Recall the graffiti treatment it got on its way out of town? We can't imagine that a chain retailer would fare much differently in the Mission, but Supervisor Tom Ammiano has nevertheless introduced anti-formula retail legislation to the Board of Supervisors. Once the city issues that fatwah, no such shops may open along Mission or Valencia Streets, between 16th and 24th Streets. Note to American Apparel: that includes you, too. Should have thought ahead before jumping the shark opening up shop in the Marina.