Friday, February 06, 2009

Creative Destruction? #3

This series of posts began in September when I photographed a couple of recently-vacated retail spaces. I've returned a couple of times since, most recently this week, to see how/if reuse of the sites is progressing. As you'll see, not much change yet. Here's Joseph Schumpeter's famous "creative destruction" quote from Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy:

The opening up of new markets, foreign or domestic, and the organizational development from the craft shop and factory to such concerns as U.S. Steel illustrate the same process of industrial mutation–if I may use that biological term–that incessantly revolutionizes the economic structure from within, incessantly destroying the old one, incessantly creating a new one. This process of Creative Destruction is the essential fact about capitalism. It is what capitalism consists in and what every capitalist concern has got to live in. . . .

32nd and Market Streets, Camp Hill, PA, 3 Feb 2009

There have been recent newspaper reports that there will be a Rite Aid drugstore built on the above site. And there is a construction sign posted out front (not pictured).

Carlisle Pike, Silver Spring Township, PA, 3 Feb 2009

The lease sign is the biggest change here. Otherwise, no activity.

Other posts in this series:
Creative Destruction? Sep 2008
Creative Destruction? Nov 2008

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