Changes in Carlisle’s Retail Industry

John Banco’s 1999 interview with John Dutrey of Dutrey’s Shoes reveals Dutrey’s opinion of how Carlisle has changed since he was a child. As Dutrey is in the retail business in Carlisle, he emphasizes how commercialization negatively influenced small retail shops in Carlisle. Dutrey states “but then as the malls became more viable the downtown eroded and now the malls have eroded too, so the most drastic change I’ve seen in the last twenty-five years was a total loss of shopping, which would affect me because its my livelihood.” Does everyone in Carlisle agree that a “total loss of shopping” has occurred? Is everyone affected by it or only retailers?


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