Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
You know, I think it's past that point.
Living outside the US helps one to see the changes.
Ivonne went back to the US on business, and traveled through two states, Florida and Georgia, and Washington, D.C.
The thing that struck her most was the sweeping erasure of small business. In Orlando, in St. Petersburg, whole strip malls have simply been erased, their markets and customers apparently absorbed by the huge cut-raters.
In the food business, the wipeout among the small guys is well advanced- it's franchise food, or fix-your-own.
Interestingly, it's the ethnic food sellers who continue to eke out a living.
Not the ilk of Taco Belle. Real Mexican beaneries, Chinese or Thi seem to survive.
I think the loyalty of patrons is connected to a person or a family, and not to a brand there. How nice.

Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.
by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Wed Feb 23rd, 2011 at 11:01:19 PM EST
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