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Old 04-10-2013, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
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Go to Hong Kong or Buenos Aires and the streets are alive with merchants and street food. It makes the streets more lively and far safer than the empty avenues you often find here.
I go to Hong Kong fairly regularly (my wife's family is there) and unfortunately, due to constant real estate development and "mall-ification", there is a lot less street life and street food there than in the past. It still exists, such as in places such as Mongkok. The government there is pretty aggressive about regulating street stalls and pushcarts and has made licensing very difficult for them, it seems.

Yes, the air-con malls are comfortable and hygienic, but they're soulless.
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:34 PM
 
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I go to Hong Kong fairly regularly (my wife's family is there) and unfortunately, due to constant real estate development and "mall-ification", there is a lot less street life and street food there than in the past. It still exists, such as in places such as Mongkok. The government there is pretty aggressive about regulating street stalls and pushcarts and has made licensing very difficult for them, it seems.

Yes, the air-con malls are comfortable and hygienic, but they're soulless.
Sad.
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Old 07-14-2013, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I thought I'd add another one.

Ever notice how graffiti here is hilarious? The other day I saw some graffiti in Downtown Oakland about donating to the SPCA and petting puppies.

Another time I saw an algebra equation.

How about nerdy murals? I saw this a while back:
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Old 07-15-2013, 04:10 AM
 
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For example, anything " Mid century" ( I hate that term too) is just absolutely adored by admiring yuppies and hipsters, and they will pay out the nose for the stuff, which is funny seeing as how most of my stuff came from the curb, yard sales, and flea markets.
Having lived through the mid-century, I can assure the admiring yupsters etc. that most of what was produced was crap, with the exception of rock music and certain aspects of literature; but if they admire that period I have lots of stuff I'd be glad to sell them.
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:06 PM
 
Location: KKKalfornia
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I am "bay area"

all i have to be bay area is be me , not someone who defines themself by superficiality and consumerism.
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Old 07-15-2013, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Kihei, Maui
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For me, most chain restaurants take the fun/adventure out of trying places for the first time.

You also often can get to know the owner/chef/cook at a standalone restaurant and get suggestions when they learn what you like.

Finally, a standalone restaurant can reflect the spirit of a neighborhood. Try Sotto Mare or Da Flora in North beach and tell me you get that experience at a chain like Buca Di Beppo (which I'm not knocking because it's ok, just sayin'...)
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:35 AM
 
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There are PLENTY of chain restaurants all over the Bay Area, just not in SF/Oak/Berkeley. But even in the suburbs, independents are making huge strides and offering some nice alternatives. But I could still name off dozens of national or regional chains that have a presence in the Bay Area:

PF Changs
Cheesecake Factory
BJs
Olive Garden
CPK
Chili's
Applebees
Hooters
Claim Jumper
Mimi's
In n Out
The Habit
Islands
Lucille's Smokehouse
Panera
Chipotle
Sweet Tomatoes/Souplantation
Corner Bakery
El Torito
Chevys
Fuddrucker's
Rubios
L&L
Macaroni Grill
Outback Steakhouse
Armadillo Willy's
Dickie's BBQ
Five Guys
On the Border
Coco's
Buffalo Wild Wings
Denny's

That's just off the top of my head. In fact, there are few chains I can think of that aren't represented in the Bay Area. Fortunately, there are so many independent restaurants to choose from.
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:41 AM
 
Location: California
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Sadly, KCSM recently changed many of their American programs to "global" programing!
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:41 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Oh the horror!!!! This isn't fly over country!!!

Inside Scoop SF » San Francisco’s first Applebee’s has arrived on Fisherman’s Wharf
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:55 PM
 
Location: East Bay, CA
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First Walmart, now Applebee's ?!?!

Sounds like SF is going to hell in a handbasket! It's a good thing nobody in SF will patronize either location. Oh wait.
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