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Old 05-06-2014, 10:04 PM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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^What happens in 20 years when the boomers die?
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Old 05-06-2014, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Old 05-06-2014, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Oceania
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^What happens in 20 years when the boomers die?
Everyone will be lost. We were the last link to the great generation and all that sense of time will be lost. Have fun in Disneyland.
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Old 05-06-2014, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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And I started to think, what on earth happened?
Economy of scale, made possible by (not caused by) the increasing mobility of the residents. Better transportation enabled merchants to earn more money by selling more stuff, and to do that they needed more space.

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^What happens in 20 years when the boomers die?
Everyone currently under 30 will rejoice ... and then they'll miss us.

Oh, and make that 30 years, please. We boomers should all live until we're 100 just to annoy our children. LOL
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Old 05-06-2014, 11:00 PM
 
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^What happens in 20 years when the boomers die?
Haha, you made me think of this series


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XDb...15CA6F1D3A4807

Market forces, change in values / habits, and the requisite change in built environment killed main streets.

The market being: new more efficient means of transportation (auto/ access via roadways), technology that enabled longer times between necessary purchases for formerly perishable items (refrigerators, better storage, preservatives et al) rapid efficiency gains in standardized industrial applications across trades / industries eliminating many former small business type establishments which dotted many of these main streets (photography shop, pharmacy, dress and tailor shop, single theater etc...) with economies of scale via competitive advantage (Walmart/Megaplex etc..).

Values: to the degree, in that, America of the "Main Street" as prominent aspect of life (Norman Rockwell idealized) still had youth with desires to succeed, the opportunities of urban centers have always driven youth to seek greater opportunity, fame , fortune et al. in the big city. And as the old saying goes it's hard to keep them on the farm once they've seen the lights of the big city.

Basically, as the consumer market programming overtook the 'populace' psyche', the acceleration in life's 'pace' makes the quaintness of much of a "main street" shopping experience difficult to enjoy. Rush out, stock up, and get back to plugging yourself into the mass media programming /entertainment of choice. The loyalty of a consumer to a local market (Main Street) disappears when globalized labor arbitrage enables slave labor to produce many everyday items to be sold in one large establishment ('China-mart').
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Old 05-06-2014, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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^What happens in 20 years when the boomers die?
Die? People live longer these days. In 20 years, the oldest Boomers will "just" be 88 years old, the youngest 70. Seriously, we're all going to be bugging you for way more than 20 years. It'll be at least 40 years until the majority of the youngest Boomers have gone to their reward.
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Old 05-07-2014, 07:11 AM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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Die? People live longer these days. In 20 years, the oldest Boomers will "just" be 88 years old, the youngest 70. Seriously, we're all going to be bugging you for way more than 20 years. It'll be at least 40 years until the majority of the youngest Boomers have gone to their reward.
Boy people read a lot more into what I said. I'm just talking about the Texas towns txdv mentioned that have been reinvigorated by retiring boomers.

Fine, 30 years
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Old 05-07-2014, 07:51 AM
 
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Highways bypassing downtowns was a horrible planning decision.
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Old 05-07-2014, 08:01 AM
 
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Highways bypassing downtowns was a horrible planning decision.
In many places (like the town I grew up in) this was done to prevent semi trucks from ruining the local roads.
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Old 05-07-2014, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Duluth, GA
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T&A hardware store. Anyone up for a road trip?
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