Where have all the used-book stores gone?
My county's population is well over 1,000,000; count in Arlington and Alexandria, and the number triples. Amid this plentitude of people, I know of only two little stores specializing in used books (one has a dozen shelves as adjunct to his new-books); neither especially local. Yes, you can find numerous NEW-book stores, and many antique conveyers who have equally antique books.... but the proprietors of the last of the local little stores which offered nothing but gently worn books retired three years ago.
I suspect rents have put many out of business, the new retirees chose to leave the business when they were advised of yet another rate increase (in 5 years, the not-insignificant cost of leasing their store had more than doubled).
I can't believe there is no demand, but there certainly are no used-book stores in my area. Sigh, it's an 80 mile trip to one in Winchester, a 50 mile trip to Fredricksburg, or a 40 mile trip to any of several in Maryland.