I did not photoshop the undersea aura into this snap; this is one of the few women’s cans I have ever seen that has ventured beyond “pinkly flattering” into the uncharted territory of “Martian hag” as a criterion for its lighting scheme.
They razed a trailer park and tore down Maria’s Taco XPress a few months ago in order to put up a Walgreen’s. If you want to know what the Walgreen’s looks like, take a gander out your livingroom window at the identical store they built in your neighborhood last week.
For a generic megacorp, Walgreen’s has a somewhat palatable record on emergency contraception [click here for the barely-literate protestations of one of the ‘pro-life’ pharmacists they fired for refusing to dispense it; click here for the story of one feminist blogger’s real-life horror experience with persisting antediluvian attitudes toward it], but that’s no excuse for making their ubiquitous stores so fucking ugly.
Maria’s was relocated to a spot nearby. It’s not the same, because nothing — with the exception of the taco verde, which is still a tongue-scalding mass of limp green beans despised by all right-thinking epicures except me — is ever the same, but I am pleased to report that the joint is still coated in sufficient quanties of that comforting South Austin je-ne-sais-funque.