The New Yorker’s Currency blog explores the Mission’s efforts to preserve Valencia Street as a “‘wildlife sanctuary’ for independent boutiques, bars and restaurants” ahead of the Oct. 9 Board of Appeals rehearing.

Are one-off designer bike shops all that different from chains like Jack Spade? When it comes to the price point, maybe not — but the group Keep Valencia Local continues the fight to keep the neighborhood un-chained.

Read the full New Yorker article and Mission Local’s previous coverage of Jack Spade here.