Around here, empty storefronts can be battleground-ish. Everyone can see them, and many people form strident opinions about them. Analyses vary, of course -- for a moment there in '09, real estate agents had San Francisco thinking that empty storefronts on Valencia Street were despicable blight brought on by hipsters; it would have been okay except no one would admit to actually being a hipster so the whole thing had to be tabled as confusing. The San Francisco... More >>>