This is not normal. It is state-sponsored, corporate-driven and turbo-charged.
Manhattan has become a Corporate Abyss.
There’s no place in midtown where you can place your eyes that doesn’t hit a corporate logo.
The Blade Runner-like ads are just the tip of the iceberg.
The Bloomberg push to “clean up” things have led to a city-corporate one-two punch driving out small businesses for the sake of national brands.
I’m newly disgusted every time I venture into Manhattan. I’m totally disoriented, not finding familiar landmark stores that were once present for ages. Now replaced by shiny national corporate brands and national brand wannabes.
And it’s encroaching on Chinatown too, perhaps the last part of Manhattan that has any actual human life remaining in it.
I don’t know how it can be changed. But it has to be stopped.