Friday, July 27, 2007

Changes

I wrote before that my hometown is down to only a used bookstore and the university bookstore competing with the Barnes and Noble, but driving downtown today I discovered that even the used bookstore is closing - final nail in the literary coffin of this Missouri town.

On the other hand, two new Super Wal-Marts have opened since I left. And apparently we've grown close enough to that magical 100,000 mark that all the national chains are moving in - the restaurants and hotels and clothing stores are springing up everywhere, leaving only quaint downtown with any unique soul. It's all so cookie-cutter clean...

Seriously, I'm alive and well and have checked back in with the family - time to turn around and leave again before all my nice memories of this place get wiped out by progress.

4 comments:

Sean said...

Now that's really sad. I've built up way too much in of memories to have them torn down right now.

KEP said...

Tell me about it. I'm going to go tell Acorn goodbye properly and then I'm going into mourning for all of Columbia outside of downtown. At least Ragtag is still here...

KEP said...

So sayeth the Missourian

so a quick google search reveals that while the 9th street Acorn Books is closing, another location (in the middle of nowhere, oh joy!) will at least stay open.

Sean said...

I think I still have an Acorn bookmark... It's been floating around various books. Now I want to go find it.