A 75 year-old grocery store that died

I’ve got a new story up at Gapers Block, words written by me and cool photo essay by David Schalliol. It’s about the Hyde Park Co-Op, a cooperatively run grocery store near the University of Chicago that closed yesterday.

I spent much of Sunday at the grocery store, wrote the whole thing in about three hours, took enough of a break that I could think straight, spent another hour editing, shipped it off to the fabulous Amanda B. for another pass, and then sent it in around 1:30am. I have to say, I secretly and deeply love talking to people about their obsessions. Many people who showed up for the farewell to their neighborhood grocery store were passionately devoted to the community ideals that the store represented, at a time when so many of us aren’t passionate about much of anything.

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