***UPDATEOn Thursday, the City of Oakland announced that they would try to find a "public/private" way to save de Lauer's***
Things sure happen fast, sometimes. The printed page is definitely on the way out, thanks to the Internet and the many new, efficient ways of transmitting information.
My all-time favorite newsstand, de Lauer's in downtown Oakland, is closing. Too much cost, not enough income. This place was open 24/7/365, not even closing for Christmas! Where else could you find yesterday's edition of the St. Louis Post Dispatch? Where else, indeed.
And this follows the news earlier this week that Cody's Books of Berkeley is finally closing forever. Cody's was there when I first arrived on the West Coast in the middle of the last century. It changed owners and moved in the last few years, but it was not enough to stay afloat. Just too much Amazon, Borders, Barnes&Noble, etc.