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Jorg Janssen’s letter of Jan. 22 reviews very well many of the problems that the proposed Trinity Sites faces, but an additional point seems to me to be worth making. Retail stores in Los Alamos have to compete with the Internet, which is exceedingly convenient for anyone with a computer at hand (i.e., almost everyone).
It is fast, cheap, offers a broad selection and is available at all hours. Purchases can be readily returned.
Late the other night I needed a book urgently and found it on Amazon. In a few minutes I was very pleased to have it on my IPAD for under $5, a surprisingly low price, and without shipping cost or tax.
I love to patronize bookstores when I can, but this sort of convenience is impossible to beat. When Sears was here we were very pleased to shop through their catalogue store, but the Internet is much better. As for shoes, my short, wide size is rarely available in any stores, but I can get them conveniently from a warehouse in Baltimore.
I am no expert on retail, but the Business Center in White Rock is pretty well boarded up and is a real eye sore. How can we be sure that this will not happen at Trinity Site?
It is a huge gamble, and it would be really ironic to spend millions to beautify Trinity Drive and later find that it borders an asphalt jungle.
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