In Case You Missed It: Welcome to Laredo, Texas! 250,000 People, Zero Bookstores!

This was in the Los Angeles Times a couple of months back:

Laredo, Texas, is set to become the largest U.S. city without a bookstore. The B. Dalton in the Mall del Norte, owned by parent company Barnes & Noble, is slated to close next month. When it does, it will leave the city’s close to 250,000 residents without a single bookstore.

Actually, this isn’t quite accurate. While Laredo doesn’t have a chain bookstore, a Yahoo search reveals that it does appear to have a trade paperback used bookstore, a Christian bookstore, and an adult bookstore.

Oh, and another Yahoo search reveals 137 churches.

66 bars.

492 restaurants.

221 places to buy clothing.

And 14 spots where you can purchase weapons and bullets.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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