The chain-hate is spreading. Next stop: Van Ness. Legislation is going before the Board of Supes today that would require new chains to go through a special permitting process with the Planning Commission in order to open up shop on the avenue. With the Van Ness Corridor becoming more residential, city planners are concerned about the availability of the necessary goods and services in the area. Staples, Guitar Center, BevMo and all those car dealerships might be fun to live next to in your luxury condo, but what about the usual neighborhood restaurants and cafes? Just be glad the original plan didn't go through -- the Supes were also set to vote on a similar ban in the Tenderloin. Because the last thing that place needs is, like, a grocery store.
· Limits proposed on Van Ness chain stores [SF Examiner]
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