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Goodbye to an icon

Thursday, December 18, 2008 by Dave Winer.

Doc Searls writes that Out Of Town News on Harvard Sq in Cambridge is going out of business on January 1.  Permalink to this paragraph

There are efforts to revive it as a print-on-demand business, but come on, that's not going to work.  Permalink to this paragraph

I think at some point you have to take a picture, have a ceremony, put up a plaque and let it go.  Permalink to this paragraph

When I was a student in New Orleans in the 70s, I used to take the streetcar down to the Quarter every Tuesday to get the Sunday NY Times and sit by the river if the weather was good and catch up on the news from the world outside the bayou.  Permalink to this paragraph

I imagine that's the function this news stand used to play for students in Cambridge of the same period. The stuff of stories, but it clearly not part of anyone's future.  Permalink to this paragraph


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