Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/01/23

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Proper Peanut butter??
From: "Doug Ford" <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 18:33:40 -0800

ummm..o.k. sorry, please disregard my previous post then...its the
generalizations that i abhor...
I did say nice pic though :-)


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[]On Behalf Of Nathan
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2002 10:33 AM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Proper Peanut butter??

Doug and others,

I am actually American (albeit naturalized), have lived in the States for
years, and am perfectly familiar with WalMart's business strategy. I had no
intention of starting a discussion about the merits of large suburban shops
the Main Street. While I do agree that WalMark and suburban malls in general
have done some damage to many U.S. towns, the situation is quite different
Europe. The biggest difference is that in most European cities and towns
is a large middle class population living in the city center. That will
ensure a certain vitality, no matter how many WalMarts are built on the
outskirts. By contrast, in many U.S. cities the only people you will see
downtown after working hours are the homeless and the poor. When I lived in
Tampa in the late 80s, most downtown department stores closed at 5 p.m. (a
ridiculously early time by U.S. standards) because that is when the office
workers went home to the suburbs.

Anyway, I just posted a picture of some shopping carts...


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