Linens 'n not so many things
London, ON, February 2009 [Click to embiggen]
About this photo: Thematic Photographic is exploring "busted" for the next week. And what's more busted than a busted business plan? Plenty of that going around these days, sadly. If you have any busted scenes in your mind's eye, please click here to get the ball rolling. I'd love to see what you've got!The economic downturn isn't just a phenomenon of screaming headlines and intangible fear. It's physical, too, with scars left on the landscape in places you never thought would witness any form of retail distress.
This used to be the Linens 'n Things store in our burg. I noticed its floodlit emptiness about a month ago while driving home and did a double-take because the entire mall is barely three years old. New stores don't fail, do they? I snapped myself out of my idealistic reverie and made a mental note to return. It seemed so surreal that a formerly busy crossroads of suburbia could go so silent so suddenly. I don't know why, but in my world, cataloging failure counts as a valid photographic target of opportunity.
So there I was on a winter's night so cold that it would have induced spontaneous swearing had I been the type to actually swear. I asked my ever-understanding and oh-so-lovely wife if she minded a little detour. So while she patiently waited in the car, I shot fast before the cold claimed my fingers. In retrospect, I wonder if I needed to rush. It's not as if this scene is going to change anytime soon.
Your turn: Got any physical evidence of the downturn near you? Do tell.
One more thing: Caption This exploits my kid's image this week. But it's a happy kind of exploitation - one that'll make you smile. You know you want to...
Oops, make that two: I looked up LNT's old domain, and was redirected to the New Linens N Things. Call me a cynic, but if the old LNT didn't work out so well, what makes them think calling it "new" will make any difference in this economy?