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A New Campaign Takes Aim at New York's Growing Chain Stores

#SaveNYC was inspired by a similar effort to help local businesses in London, but it also has detractors.
A man walks out from a Dunkin' Donuts franchise in New York City.
A man walks out from a Dunkin' Donuts franchise in New York City. Northfoto / Shutterstock.com

What gives a city its character? Where does its soul reside?

Nowhere, and everywhere at once. A functioning, thriving city arises from a mysterious alchemy of its constituent components—its geography, its street plan, its buildings. Its people, of course. And, crucially, its businesses. Change the balance of these things enough, and the personality of that city undergoes a palpable alteration.