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When Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown addressed San Francisco's Commonwealth Club in January, he touched on a topic that has been uppermost in his mind since taking office: The importance of attracting retail to his city.
To be sure, Oakland is undergoing a radical transformation with more development flooding in than ever before, but a key component in creating a revitalized city remains stimulating a healthy retail environment. Retail is the glue that holds a city together attracting after-work shoppers, stimulating activity and generating tax dollars.
That is why Gap Inc.'s decision to locate a 10,000-square-foot store on the site of a long-vacated bank building …