Have we mentioned how cool Rocky Anderson is?

The Salt Lake City Council is pondering a resolution to keep chain stores with "cookie-cutter architecture" out of neighborhood business districts. Mayor Rocky and his staff are pushing them to take it step futher and keep chain stores out, period.

"I don’t care what kind of facade Starbucks has; we ought to be promoting more local businesses rather than category killers and big boxes," he told the Salt Lake Tribune. "I’ve been in McDonald’s with a nice facade in the front. They’re still McDonald’s."

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