Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 01:00 PM PDT

thanks to Drake for this one – loving it!  America is FINALLY starting to wakeup!-A.M.

Neighborhoods are fighting back against Starbucks, Wal-Mart and the saming of America. Here’s what recent wins mean

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San Francisco to chain stores: Get out! (Credit: Vadim Georgiev via Shutterstock/lightkey via iStock/Salon)

“Whether you’re on the road or just cruising around town, your favorite McDonald’s menu items are never far away.” So boasts the McDonald’s Restaurant Locator, and a glance at a distribution map of franchises in the United States proves the point. Population centers burn brightly with the Golden Arches; even the sparsely populated Western states are adequately supplied by the nation’s 14,000-plus fleet of McDonald’s.

That reach is astounding, but not exceptional. Four out of five Americans live within 20 miles of our 11,000 Starbucks; 30 percent of American grocery shopping occurs at our 4,500 Wal-Marts. The most familiar element of the American landscape — excepting green highway signs and certain brands of automobiles — might be Subway, which has over 25,000 U.S. locations.

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