I have seen a lot of things die in my life but none as slow, sad and painful as the death of a community. It's like a cancer and it starts when the factories close. Factories that fed the needs of the nation and gave promise and stability to those that worked in them. Soon after the downtown begins to lose businesses to the big box superstores on the outskirts of town and little by little, piece by piece the downtown becomes a bleak facad of broken glass and empty storefronts. But, they don't stay empty forever. Soon enough the seedy bars, porn and pawn stores, bail bonds and tattoo parlor s take their place bringing with them their own special clientele with the problems they cause. Then the meth labs, hookers and massage parlor s move in and the cancer changes the landscape. Well kept houses and manicured lawns give way to broken down tenements and yards littered with garbage both household and human and why? Because a few greedy men wanted more. So tell me again why capitalism is such a great thing?
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