© Norman Sperling, January 5, 2015
Service stations with service, especially mechanics. Service bays have been turned into convenience stores.
Gas stations. A lot of corner stations have been consolidated into big facilities, often near highway interchanges.
Single-screen movie theaters have morphed into multiplexes.
Local drug stores. Chains have bought them out.
Local book stores … though with the collapse of big chains (spurred partly by Amazon and avarice) a few are creeping back.
Seesaws. Though that’s the iconic symbol for playgrounds, I’ve only noticed one playground in the last 2 years that actually had a seesaw. Were they killed by liability lawyers?
Phone booths have been outmoded by cell phones.
Fewer rest stops on highways. Many have been removed in the last few years. I doubt that maintenance is that prohibitively expensive.
Fewer junk yards and rusting hulks in yards. Fewer, but still a lot of eyesores. If the old cars are useful, make use of them. If not, sell them as classics, or junk the hulks for spare parts or recycling.