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On SF's Valencia Street, Merchants Push for New Restaurant Moratorium

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The Bay Area is known for its quality food and innovative restaurants, so much so that several neighborhoods are dubbed "gourmet ghettos." But those eateries -- many of them higher-end -- can eat up established mom-and-pop stores. It’s a common phenomenon.

But in San Francisco, merchants on Valencia Street are pushing back against the explosion of restaurants between 16th and 19th streets. The Valencia Corridor Merchants Association is calling for a one-year moratorium on new restaurants. The move is aimed at maintaining some business diversity in the area: hardware, and grocery stores for example. How realistic is the move by the Valencia merchants?

Host Tara Siler talks with Karen Chapple, associate professor of regional planning at UC Berkeley.


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