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Mission bookstore at the crossroads: ‘25 good years’

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Jon Brooks at KQED offers a nice appreciation of Adobe Books, the venerable bookstore on 16th Street in the Mission that faces a big rent hike and whose supporters are trying to save by turning it into a co-op selling a mix of new books, remainders, T-shirts and artwork. Brooks says owner Andrew McKinley wants the idea to succeed even though he wouldn’t be running it, and calls him “philosophical though not particularly happy” about it. An excerpt:
“I was always waiting for things to get better in the neighborhood, because it was sketchy when I opened. But now it’s funny to be pushed out by economic forces. We never expected this, but in retrospect we had 25 good years. They’ve been the best years of my life."
Also: There’s a Q&A with McKinley at the Art Practical blog.
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