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What Was Lost: Part II

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Other things that have been lost: We used to not only have a movie theater, but every other damn thing a town could need, too. So did Lockland, next door, and really all the neighboring towns, my dad says. You did your shopping, banking—everything—in your own city. My dad grew up in Lockland. His dad worked at the paper factory in town, and he worked there himself, in high school, and again after he dropped out of college. A lot of people worked there that he knew, but not as many as worked at the other two factories in town, which were both slightly bigger. Almost nobody, though, went without working in one of those three factories at some point. If you lived in a town, you pretty much worked in that town, he says. Reading had a match factory, and indeed, every one of my grandparents and great aunts and uncles worked there.

I can immediately see 1,500 downsides to all this, but I can’t help thinking it would be nice.

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Written by Elizabeth

August 16, 2009 at 8:10 pm

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