Survival of the Fittest

May 25, 2011 at 8:58 am / by

It took a little longer than I expected, but Video Droid, my local video store that closed last year, was finally replaced with a gym. The epic Tower Records in my old neighborhood in NYC’s Village was replaced with some kind of gym. Ditto, the Barnes & Noble a few blocks up on Astor Place. I get that the digital revolution has made old media hangouts like bookstores and music stores obsolete. I’m just wondering about all of the gyms. I’m not sure I’ve ever been in a gym (relax, I swim), but I imagine lot’s of folks working machines listening to their iPods full of $.99 downloads. The very same downloads that killed the record store. Can you get Netflix in a gym yet? Boy, that would add insult to injury. The collapse of Tower Records, Virgin MegaStores and now Borders has opened up a lot of big retail space. Maybe the survivors should look into installing treadmills. What about your neighborhood? What’s replacing your old media hangouts?


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