Monthly Archives: March 2014

Separate the ersatz and collect up all the cream.


While the interplay between the built and natural environments occupies the bulk of my ruminations, every now and then I can’t help but indulge myself.  And I step fully into the world of pure imagination.  The aisles of a Meijer discount hypermarket store might not be exactly what Roald Dahl had in mind through his …Read more…

Retrograde retail: there’s weakness in numbers.


Some businesses just fail to quit, though it’s not necessarily from lack of trying. And if all the negatives in that sentence dilute the denotation, that might be the whole point…at least when the businesses in question are former retail leviathans like Kmart and Sears. I’ve written about both chains many times in the past …Read more…