THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS I DON’T UNDERSTAND, among which: Why is the number of those things rising as I get older, instead of shrinking? Last weekend my wife and I were driving back from our granddaughter’s birthday party in San Diego’s north county area, and we took highway 78 the twenty miles or so from Oceanside to Escondido. Fifty years ago, that was mostly rural country, dominated by avocado and citrus groves. But now, just as in so many places across the US, and the world for that matter, it’s all houses and stores. Hundreds and hundreds of stores: big box Costcos, Home Depots, and Walmarts; Burger Kings and KFCs; and dozens upon dozens of strip malls and countless assorted other retail establishments. And to be sure, this phenomenon is hardly limited to San Diego county’s highway 78 corridor!
I don’t understand how all those stores make it. But even in an era when more ... Log in or subscribe to continue reading.
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