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June 19, 2004

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Ah, so much of it is because your mayor, the eminently sensible Mike Swaim (is he still mayor?), would never dream of handing out multi-million dollar subsidies to large campaign contributors to build the shrines occupied by most of these places. The Universal Bookstore is one of the few exceptions in that Pearly District; it was founded without government subsidy and I think the expansion also occurred purely on the backs of private enterprise.

unfortunately, PF Changs is a big corporate chain found in many US cities.

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