Thursday, April 13, 2006

America the uniform.

When I first moved to the small town where I now reside it was difference from other small towns. It had its own unique flair, history, and appearance. It was even different from the small town eight miles away that I moved from. It was especially different from the City of New York where I used to live. The things that I use to measure uniqueness of a place are stores, restaurants, and architecture. By seeing all these you can really get to know a place and its people. And now the uniqueness of this small town is being erroded by a massive invation of chains. In the last two years the following have appeared in our, previously prestine, backyard: Super Walmart, Lowe's, Home Depo, Office Depo, Charlie Brown's Steak House, Panera Bread, and Ruby Tuesday's. Also there are a Holiday Inn Express and a Goodwill store being built. Now, because of these changes people traveling along the interstate could not tell our little part of Pennsylvania from any place else. America the beautiful is slowly becoming America the uniform, America the corporate. The issue I have not resolved yet is whether or not this influx of convinience and so-called civilization worth the loss of identity.