Wondering… before big box and chain stores how many more mom and pop stores were there? We’re there office supply stores in every city/town? Hardware stores? Pharmacies? Toystores? Electronic stores? Etc.
And come to think of it, it’s not just the Walmart and McDonalds, but also cars and personal transportation that plays a role as well. I’m sure people couldn’t travel as far for many things.
I have to wonder how things were in the past instead of just assuming things were always better like some people.