Move along this interactive map to learn about Valencia Street business owners’ and employees’ views on the American Apparel debate. Click on the icons to read more. We tried to get to everyone, but some of you were busy, closed or we simply missed you. However, it’s not too late.

If you are a Valencia business and want to comment, send us one. Please add how long you’ve been on the street and how many employees you have. We’ll add your info to the map. So far, our count shows:

Against: 40
In Favor: 15
Neutral/Unsure: 20

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Founder/Executive Editor. I’ve been a Mission resident since 1998 and a professor emeritus at Berkeley’s J-school since 2019 when I retired. I got my start in newspapers at the Albuquerque Tribune in the city where I was born and raised. Like many local news outlets, The Tribune no longer exists. I left daily newspapers after working at The New York Times for the business, foreign and city desks. Lucky for all of us, it is still there.

As an old friend once pointed out, local has long been in my bones. My Master’s Project at Columbia, later published in New York Magazine, was on New York City’s experiment in community boards.

Right now I'm trying to figure out how you make that long-held interest in local news sustainable. The answer continues to elude me.

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