We are all aware of gentrification. That's when a nice neighborhood starts being cool and all the little shops have to move out because rent gets higher, and then starbucks and convinience stores and "cool" stores start popping up everywhere.
There is a neighborhood here in Mexico City that despite being fashionable had somehow retained its charm, but this week, as I was walking over there, I saw a sign in a bookstore that said they were closing down. I was appalled...
This bookstore has been there for years. It has got any book you'd ever want, and yet it is going to close down. The next minute, there will be a bar, a clothing store, a convinience store or a Starbucks to replace it.
I went in and bought a book. It was kind of a solidarity act, though. It somehow seemed so WRONG to me that it was closing down. I wanted to stop it. I asked the man if they were really going to close and he just jokingly said: Yes, but don't you wanna buy the bookstore??
It really tears my heart to see little businesses get killed, but seeing THAT bookstore closed really killed me.