Chain restaurants are often blamed by social critics for contributing to the increasingly homogeneous nature of global society. The argument goes something like this: As the same chain restaurants appear in every town, we lose the unique nature of a particular place, and we all suffer as a result. What’s the difference between Boulder and Bangor if I can get a Big Mac and a Bloomin’ Onion in both places and everywhere in between? There is something to this argument, certainly. I ...

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