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Episode 128: Friend or Foe?

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Episode 128: Friend or Foe?

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Episode 128: Friend or Foe?

Episode 128: Friend or Foe?

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Friend or Foe in NYC's Chess District? Chana Joffe-Walt/NPR hide caption

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Why do businesses selling the same thing crowd around each other rather than strike out on their own?

To answer that question, Adam Davidson and Chana Joffe-Walt walk through some New York City neighborhoods – the diamond district, the plant district, the chess district — where store after store sells the exact same thing.

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