Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Big Can Start To Look Like Everywhere Else.(Editorial Page)

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Sometimes taking a trip by plane is like being in an episode of the old television classic "The Twilight Zone." You enter the terminal and walk down a concourse past Bookstore A, Sandwich Shop B and Gift Store C. Continuing on, you again pass Bookstore A, Sandwich Shop B and Gift Store C.

After reaching your destination, you deplane and walk past Bookstore A, Sandwich Shop B and Gift Store C. After a while, you again pass Bookstore A, Sandwich Shop B and Gift Store C. If you see any distinctive characteristic of what city you're in, consider yourself lucky.

That's because the current trend is to lease all the retail space in an airport to one or two contractors, who may operate the same franchises all over the country. …

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