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Reader: In praise of Smiley's, no longer the world's largest laundromat

Patricia Calhoun's post about the end of Smiley's, once the world's largest laundromat, sparked a lot of nostalgia among our readers, who associate it with a lot more than an often-unpleasant but necessary task.

Here's an example from someone who thinks there's still a place for laundromats in the 21st Century.

Fred Kaplan writes:

Laundromats are a dying breed. I like to go when I have large items to wash because of their large washers. They are also great when you have 5 or more loads since it saves a lot of time. While the crowd there was always "interesting," at least during day and evening hours you could feel safe.

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