I never liked Barnes and Noble as much as I liked some of its competitors. It hadn't the breadth of technical books that one could find at Borders. The choices for literature and history weren't up to Borders or to Olsson's. But Borders and Olsson's are gone, five and eight years since. Barnes and Noble was still there, selling books, music, and maps, until it wasn't.
There would have been a time about fifteen years ago when I could walk within twenty minutes to any of
- Two Borders stores, one in the old Garfinkel's building on 14th about G, one at 19th and L.
- The Olsson's on 19th above N.
- The Barnes and Noble at 12th and E.
- Chapters, either at K and 15th or at 11th and E.
- Reiters at 20th and K.