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Back on my campaign saddle (well I never got off) against the big-box chains, including bookstores, that are contributing to the 'blandification' of local communities. Here's a link to a new title by Stacy Mitchell (Institute of Local self-Reliance) about the phenomenom, and how it hurts all of us.
I realize that everytime I criticize the chains and Amazon, some LISNews readers rush to defend them, and ok, bring it on, but I will never be convinced that the change in retailing here in the U.S., and now abroad, is better for anyone other than the mega-retailers, on-line and off. They are taking away your communities without a whit of shame.
If you get a chance, go see Stacy speak at one the locations on her list, including the Salt Lake City and Portland Maine Libraries.