When Donald G. Fisher, owner of the hip clothier The Gap, wanted to find a location for the San Francisco company's headquarters, he got an offer he couldn't refuse. The San Francisco Redevelopment Agency rigorously avoided any competition that might have maximized the value of its bayfront land -- and the number of jobs attached to any development of that land. In fact, as it was throwing government land and largess The Gap's way, the city's Redevelopment Agency didn't bother to make the firm promise to bring jobs to, or even stay in, San Francisco.
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