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Posted: Jan 7, 2011 - 11:58am

Indeed
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Posted: Jan 7, 2011 - 11:48am

Closing of Borders on Mag Mile a sad chapter

Mary Schmich

January 7, 2011


 

Thursday was a great day at Borders on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. Great, that is, for anyone in the market for two dozen cheap copies of "Full Frontal Nudity" by the actor Harry Hamlin.

For anyone looking for a real bookstore, the black-and-yellow signs in the windows told a sad story: ENTIRE STORE ON SALE! EVERYTHING MUST GO!

By Saturday, Borders' marquee Chicago store, at 830 N. Michigan Ave., will be closed for good. And — here's what I think is the real news — the city's premier shopping street will be without any bookstore for the first time in decades.

"I'm sad it's leaving," said Brooke Stoltz, 38, a property manager who loved having a bookstore near her office, even though the book she came looking for on Thursday was long gone. "I'm becoming more of a reader," she said. "When good things are easier, you do them more."

By Thursday, the cavernous old Borders was more rummage sale than bookstore. Yellow tape, the kind ordinarily seen at crime scenes, cordoned off empty shelves, racks and tables that once bore the weight of millions of bound words. All fixtures were for sale. The shelves near the front door, once occupied by best-sellers, now flaunted such obscure titles as "El Asesor del Presidente," a Spanish-language biography of former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Price: 5 cents. "While Supplies Last," the sign said. No one was buying.

Borders was hardly a landmark on par with the old limestone Water Tower that stands just outside the store's windowed walls. It had occupied its prime corner for only 16 years, barely a blip in Chicago history.

But 16 years is half an eternity in retail time, and Borders had come to seem as basic to the street as traffic. Back in 1995, when it opened, spinning through its revolving doors was like stepping into a literary Oz, a unique place that, even though part of a chain, pulsed with ideas, people, cappuccino. Even people who sniffled that it was killing smaller bookstores — most memorably the cozy shop just up the street run by the legendary Stuart Brent — came for the books and the buzz.

I spent hours in the basement perusing travel books. Hours in the second-floor cafe reading the newspaper. Hours listening to CDs up on three. I discovered the poetry of Billy Collins in its first-floor poetry section. I bought stuff.

But now? The last time I went there, a couple of months ago, I sat in the cafe with my laptop and a cup of tea, bookless, next to patrons doing the same. Several appeared to be homeless.

"We're not allowed to comment on the store closing," said one of the clerks when I asked Thursday, though it has been reported that the store wasn't hitting its profit goals.

The national Borders PR person didn't return my call, perhaps because she has been busy with the recent news of Borders' widespread financial problems.

"Whenever I come here, there's always people in here," said Ignacio Depa, a sophomore at Walter Payton College Prep who comes regularly, mostly to study. He and a friend were cloistered on the floor in a bare corner, working on geometry. "I assume business isn't as great as it looks. I'll miss it."

A lot of people will. But money has no romance with the past. The economy is always shifting. Topshop, a British fashion retailer, is reportedly moving in to the Borders space. Still, I can't help but feel that Chicago's top street without a bookstore is like a bookshelf without a book. mschmich@tribune.com




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Posted: Jan 5, 2011 - 8:57am

 rowdydaisy wrote:
My dog died on Sunday.

It sounds insignificant compared to the death of a human but I guess it all relative. We were dependent on each other. I have two other dogs but I know I will never have a connection like I did to that dog. I don't have children so he was my furchild.

 
In no way is the death of a trusted friend insignificant. In fact unlike some humans, dogs love you no matter what.  I'll take the friendship and love of a dog over 98% of the humans I know.

My deepest sympathies.

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Posted: Jan 5, 2011 - 8:28am

 rowdydaisy wrote:
My dog died on Sunday.

It sounds insignificant compared to the death of a human but I guess it all relative. We were dependent on each other. I have two other dogs but I know I will never have a connection like I did to that dog. I don't have children so he was my furchild.

 
I am so sorry. We lost Jake in May. No kids here either. He was MY best friend. Evah.

 
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Posted: Jan 4, 2011 - 10:36pm

My dog died on Sunday.

It sounds insignificant compared to the death of a human but I guess it all relative. We were dependent on each other. I have two other dogs but I know I will never have a connection like I did to that dog. I don't have children so he was my furchild.


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Posted: Jan 4, 2011 - 2:47pm

 Southern_Boy wrote:
Attending the funeral of a once vibrant 17 year old young man who succumbed to cancer. It really makes all of my problems seem soooo insignificant.

 

I can really think of nothing worse, beyond sorrow.


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Posted: Jan 4, 2011 - 2:12pm

 miamizsun wrote:

Twenty seven years ago, as a young man, I had to take my newborn child, to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville. My son was dying, I had been laid off from my job. I had no money to speak of, no insurance and my son was on his death bed. I was pissed (for lack of a better term) at the world to say the least. I couldn't understand why this was happening to me.

When I got to the hospital, I got a serious reality check. Floor after floor of terminally ill children, parents standing around weeping, crying out to god and watching their children die. It was horrible to watch. Needless to say it put things in perspective.

Please give my condolences to your friends.

Regards
 
Wow! So nice to hear the wonderful outcome! What was he suffering from?

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Posted: Jan 4, 2011 - 9:56am

 cc_rider wrote:

What a story! Thank you.
 
thanks to all involved {#Hug}
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Posted: Jan 4, 2011 - 9:44am

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It feels good. {#Biggrin}

Peace
 
What a story! Thank you.

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Posted: Jan 4, 2011 - 9:42am

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Let me clarify, after several years in that hospital my son did survive, He was able to come home and after two more years, we were able to disconnect him from all life support and he recovered enough to live a somewhat normal life. If you saw him now, you'd never know he was sick a day in his life.

I am grateful to Vanderbilt CH, their staff, Ross Laboratories and two private charities that made it all possible. {#Yes}

I was inspired to "pass it on" or "pay it forward" as they say.

That experience is why I have devoted so much time and energy to helping others in need.

It feels good. {#Biggrin}

Peace


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Posted: Jan 4, 2011 - 9:10am

 miamizsun wrote:

Twenty seven years ago, as a young man, I had to take my newborn child, to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville. My son was dying, I had been laid off from my job. I had no money to speak of, no insurance and my son was on his death bed. I was pissed (for lack of a better term) at the world to say the least. I couldn't understand why this was happening to me.

When I got to the hospital, I got a serious reality check. Floor after floor of terminally ill children, parents standing around weeping, crying out to god and watching their children die. It was horrible to watch. Needless to say it put things in perspective.

Please give my condolences to your friends.

Regards
 


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Posted: Jan 4, 2011 - 9:05am

 miamizsun wrote:
 
gasp.  
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Posted: Jan 4, 2011 - 8:52am

 Southern_Boy wrote:

Worst thing I've ever been through. Family (mine), friends and hundreds of students.
 

 
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Posted: Jan 4, 2011 - 8:47am

 Southern_Boy wrote:
Attending the funeral of a once vibrant 17 year old young man who succumbed to cancer. It really makes all of my problems seem soooo insignificant.

 
Twenty seven years ago, as a young man, I had to take my newborn child, to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville. My son was dying, I had been laid off from my job. I had no money to speak of, no insurance and my son was on his death bed. I was pissed (for lack of a better term) at the world to say the least. I couldn't understand why this was happening to me.

When I got to the hospital, I got a serious reality check. Floor after floor of terminally ill children, parents standing around weeping, crying out to god and watching their children die. It was horrible to watch. Needless to say it put things in perspective.

Please give my condolences to your friends.

Regards

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Posted: Jan 4, 2011 - 8:33am

 Southern_Boy wrote:

Worst thing I've ever been through. Family (mine), friends and hundreds of students.
 

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Posted: Jan 4, 2011 - 8:11am

 kysmet wrote:

How tragic.  No parent should have to lose his or her child.
 
Worst thing I've ever been through. Family (mine), friends and hundreds of students.

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Posted: Jan 4, 2011 - 8:01am

 Southern_Boy wrote:
Attending the funeral of a once vibrant 17 year old young man who succumbed to cancer. It really makes all of my problems seem soooo insignificant.

 
How tragic.  No parent should have to lose his or her child.

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Posted: Jan 4, 2011 - 7:57am

Attending the funeral of a once vibrant 17 year old young man who succumbed to cancer. It really makes all of my problems seem soooo insignificant.
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Posted: Oct 14, 2010 - 7:31pm

 Exit2Eden wrote:

Just because someone is "mentally ill", it does not make them commit criminal acts...talk about stereotypes! {#Rolleyes}
 
Certain things should come as no surprise. What I meant was, you shouldn't blame someone who you know is sick for letting you down. I've had two alcoholics and a schizophrenic in my family. I'm not without the experience of helping people close to me that stabbed me in the back... through no fault of their own. One simply needs to consider the source and take it in stride.


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Posted: Oct 14, 2010 - 5:33pm

 arighter2 wrote:
She is a good person acting out on a fear of having nothing. It really wasn't necessary because I have been giving her spending money. Acts like these inevitably harm the doer. I know it sounds weird, but I have to tighten up my security to protect her from herself.
 
I totally get this.

I have fostered children who have been abused and neglected.  When they finally get into a situation where they have a stable place to live and enough food, they often steal from their hosts, not out of malice or even out of need, but because, in the back of their minds, they are planning for the day when it's not there anymore.  And often it's not money; it can be small things:  trinkets, single earrings, pens, eye glasses...I've had to go and retrieve all of these things from bedrooms.  And inevitably these children feel a mixture of shame and desperation.

They also will hoard food, sometimes in completely unrealistic quantities. 

I'm sorry that this happened to you.  I hope she starts to feel more comfortable and stable soon so she can break out of this behavior.

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