#1 Biking the TransAm through Kentucky, Missouri, Kansas - sure does not look like a rec06-13-2014, 12:30 AM
Thu Jun 12, 2014, 03:28 PM
Biking the TransAm through Kentucky, Missouri, Kansas - sure does not look like a recovering economy
We are finding lots of the motels/minimarts listed on the maps are closed. Many downtowns (which clearly were gorgeous back in the day) are mostly ghosttowns now.
We just got back from walking over to a mall to see if we could find a bookstore - almost 2/3rds of the stores were closed. And even tho it was lunchtime (summer) there were maybe 20 - 30 people shopping, including us?
Is this what you see where you are too?
SILENCE!!!! All is supposed to be well!!!!May the FORCE be with you!
06-13-2014, 01:48 AM
And all the while blissfully unaware of why it's like that.
06-13-2014, 02:29 AM
Who still has bookstores?
06-13-2014, 09:42 AM
Here in Silicon Valley, things are OK, but not thriving or booming. Were Silicon Valley booming my 53-mile round trip commute would be miserable. And I know that from experience.
06-13-2014, 10:05 AM
We still have some Barnes and Noble stores left in metro Detroit. They closed the Royal Oak store, but they were stupid to put a store there to begin with-there was already one about 6 miles away. The other one has a parking lot, downtown Royal Oak is all paid parking.
We have the most awesome used book store in the midwest-John King books in downtown Detroit. It is a 4 story warehouse full of books. They buy from estate sales and libraries, which gives them a really unique selection of books. I've found antique poetry books, cheap library versions of Shakespeare plays, antique post cards-it's not somewhere to go on a hot day, though, as there is no a/c on the upper floors.
Grand Rapids still has their local bookstore-Schuler books. They also have Baker Books, which is a large Christian bookstore (and publisher), that also has a used book section.
I still miss Borders, though. They were our local bookstore around here. They got too big too fast.
06-13-2014, 04:03 PM
B & N closed 2 of its 4 stores fairly near me. One was replaced by a Sports Basement (a local chain, sort of like Costco for sports equipment), which also took over adjacent space that had been a Blockbuster (and more or less unused since it closed). The other closed store, the mall did some significant remodelling, and I haven't looked to see what's in its place.
06-13-2014, 04:19 PM
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We had a Borders in my town, and we lived about a mile from it. It closed, we moved four miles away, and a mattress seller moved into the old space.
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