To the editor: Since March 2020, my local brewery as well as a vegan restaurant I patronized regularly closed permanently. Another neighborhood restaurant is struggling to survive on takeout alone. (“The Los Angeles we love is dying in 2020. We must fight to save it,” column, Oct. 11)
Therefore, it is especially jarring to see long lines outside Whole Foods and Amazon trucks pull up every day outside my apartment building. Sure, buying from Amazon is quick, easy and cheap, and Whole Foods (which is owned by Amazon) has undeniably great food, often sourced from smaller businesses.
But Amazon’s market capitalization has increased to $1.7 trillion this year due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic. Just think what would have happened if every dollar shelled out to Amazon since March instead went to a