So What Is More Depressing?

Building one:

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Which is now home to this:

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Or building two:

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Yes, the Gallery at the Historic Museum of Natural History is now a Restoration Hardware (previously, it was occupied by Louis Boston).

Discuss.

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3 Responses to So What Is More Depressing?

  1. maeveak says:

    Perhaps it is yet another example of this: “Mussolini said that the definition of fascism was when you couldn’t put a cigarette paper between corporate power and government power.” John Le Carre, New York Times Magazine, April 21, 2013

  2. Sigh. Deep inside the handbasket are we. What was your first indication it was all going downhill? The first McDonalds? When a nickel bag cost more than $5.00? When pay phones went from having three slots for coins to one self-sorting slot?

  3. Kaleberg says:

    That is depressing. I always liked Louis. They had great clothes.

    I think it would be much more depressing if those buildings were now private homes. Still, could either of those buildings continue serve their original purposes, given how institutions and neighborhoods have changed? For years, Newbury Street was down at its heels. Then Copley place did a great marketing job, but the real winner of their international sales effort was Newbury Street. Neighborhoods change.

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