George Washington Part 7 – The Making of the President’s House

Following the Presidents

   Image         I met with Edward Lawler in a place that was unfortunately destined to become a dinosaur.  It was not just a Borders but the Borders, the neighborhood bookstore where people congregated.  Always busy, it was full of people – like myself, I’ll admit it – who would sip their coffee while perusing their books, and would then return them to the bookshelves so they could get them for less at   In the America of 2011, even those of us who felt guilty about acting this way did it out of economic necessity.

On the day I met Edward Lawler there, the place was in trouble, and news reports stated that Borders stores across the country were entering into negotiations with landlords to try to keep some of the stores in operation.  (The Center City branch near my office had just closed down a…

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