We have a ton of stores about two mile from where I live, although the lots are bigger and density less tight where I live. Mind you, the average household income is relatively high where I live, and I'd say the average house sits on a 1/2 acre to 1 acre lot, and is 3,000 square feet. Many homes exceed 5,000 square feet. I noticed yesterday that the Hallmark Store is going out of business, and this is after the fact that a Dollar Store opened up across the street. I was in Hallmark and a youngish girl working the counter looked amenable to conversation. As I was purchasing my card (someone's wedding is this weekend), I asked her why they were closing. She told me that the Dollar Store was selling greeting cards for 50 cents and that they also sold party supplies, balloons, wrapping paper, figurines, stuffed animals, candles and everything else that they did, at a fraction of the cost (I'm paraphrasing). There was no one in the Hallmark store. This Hallmark Store has been open for at least 7 years. As I left the empty Hallmark Store with my $4.79 wedding card, I drove by the Dollar Store and noticed at least 15 cars immediately in front of that business with people walking in and out. ...The 'new American normal.'