All photos © Mat Fahrenholz for Poland In Your Pocket

Little shops keep vanishing from the city as retail space rapidly turns into the generic chain stores of every other European country. Carrefour, in various incarnations, seems to pop up about every 100m or so.

This brief series of photos suggests the bittersweet longing for a type of urban-retail “niche,” as cities opt for more homogeneous trade-spaces that focus solely on the commercial exchange and foretell the decline of symbolic exchange.

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