Chains vs. Locals, round 17
December 31, 2006 at 6:16AM
—or, for that matter, Philadelphia and Los Angeles—didn’t have much in the way of bookstores."Surely she's wrong about Philly and LA, but in smaller towns (I grew up near Peoria) the chains undoubtedly made books easier to buy.Of course, one could agree with Postrel and still prefer to shop locally whenever possible. Local First Chicago, a BALLE affiliate, now has an online marketplace where you can view the individual profiles of 80 LFC members, find each by zip code, map its location, and visit its Web site.