Magazine December 19, 2011, Issue

Buyer’s Remorse

People walk by restaurant outdoor patios in Manhattan, New York City, August 14, 2020. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

A friend from out of town complained about shopping in the city: Wasn’t it all chain stores now? Although I snorted, I felt secretly ashamed, for I had seen neighborhood after neighborhood go from emptiness to luxuriance to blandness. I looked for refutation. Three times a week I walk 600 yards to my gym, down a street between the sleekness of midtown and the funkiness of downtown. It is the artery of average; when God gives us this day our daily, this is the way it comes. What could I acquire there if I paid attention?

I could begin by acquiring …

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