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Forlorned

Posted by
Ralph Jones (Detroit, United States) on 20 February 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

Mission Statement:
To document the city in an attempt to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the uniqueness of Detroit, her buildings, and her people.
A sad day when Borders Books filed for bankruptcy and announced the closing of several stores including this one which I have loved for many, many years.
Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus.
We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.

Mission Statement:
To document the city in an attempt to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the uniqueness of Detroit, her buildings, and her people.

Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus.
We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.

http://www.ralphjones313.com/

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Nice shot in this library

20 Feb 2011 6:13am

guillaume from Paris, France

Intellectual capture ! :)

20 Feb 2011 9:13am

LauraS from Chico, United States

Not sure why you titled this forlorn. Seems very optimistic and happy to me. Libraries are so revered in my mind. As a child I used to love making the Saturday morning trip to check out books and return others. Although this is probably not a library, but a comfy bookstore. It holds magic, hope and promise for me.

20 Feb 2011 5:23pm

@LauraS: This has been my favorite bookstore and place to meet friends for coffee for over a decade and it is closing.

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Afghanistan

Nice!

20 Feb 2011 6:22pm

STEED from Somewhere, France

Superb B/W....

20 Feb 2011 6:35pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Great BW!

20 Feb 2011 7:32pm

David from Detroit, United States

My wife and I were there yesterday, along with several hundred of my closest friends. I'm sad to see the store close. Plus I really wanted a cup of coffee, and the cafe was gone! I was able to get some photo books at a good discount, at least. The store on Southfield will still be open.

20 Feb 2011 9:17pm

@David: I was there sometime around 10:00 am. The place was packed and there was a strange bittersweet and nostalgic mood shared by the people I spent about 30 min's in line with. We talked about or favorite books, times spent in the store and how it had changes over the years and the most favorite all time employees. I will miss this Borders store like I would a member of my family who moved to the other side of the planet.

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Reading the comments, from Laura's to David's, tells me this spot will be no more, hence, forlorn. It's a super shot, Ralph.

21 Feb 2011 1:49am

Donald from Detroit, United States

Great indoor "street" shot.

21 Feb 2011 2:31am

Fusao from Tokyo, Japan

I love bookstores and I love your story on this. It's sad.

21 Feb 2011 3:19am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Yes they are closing in PA as well.. I am not sure, quite honestly, if the one in nearby Allentown, is closing or not. It truly is sad. I have to say we spent pretty much "equal time" at Borders and Barnes & Noble..I rather liked them both really, but I know some have problems with B&N...it's just to bad that this has to happen...a bookstore like Borders is a haven from insanity and a place to regather humanity in our minds at the least....

21 Feb 2011 3:56am

@Denny Jump Photo: I will admit to the occasional visit to the local Barns and Noble but the Borders on Mercury Drive is my first love which I have remained loyal to till the end. She will be missed!

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Wonderful bookstore, great photo!

21 Feb 2011 3:57am

Becky from los angeles, United States

fantastic!

22 Feb 2011 10:48pm