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Post-Christmas Shopping in the WC

This post-Christmas shopping season in the WC--Walnut Creek-- is genuinely scary. Tiffanys. Apple. Nordstrom. Barnes and Noble. Talbots. WTF are so many people doing shopping here and buying so much expensive stuff with 12% statewide unemployment?

From here it does look like a two-tier, profit-driven recovery--no parking places within a quarter mike of Tiffanys and long lines at Williams and Sonoma and Sur la Table, with pepple buying $12 cans of almond paste, while some of my daughter's high school classmates are now being told they cannot afford to go to college next year.

I wonder what Union Square looks like now?