As I walk through a new decade as a parent, I miss the simplicity in my youth. I see storefronts empty. Neighbors moved away, and a sadness is ever-present by how much the world is changed. Many things I want to show or experience with my son I can’t because those places don’t exist anymore. I see the SuperCenter who has rolled into small towns.
They started with one store. And now their mega-empire has decimated small towns with roll back prices along with unfair wages and employment practices.
I look around and I ask each community, “What have we done?” Bigger wasn’t better.