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Pharmaceutical Architecture: Keeping the Drugs Safe

The Aesthetic takes note of the imposing pharmacy architecture going up in his South Bay hood and generally all over the country. Like a defendable castle, with turrets, moat and unscalable walls, the pharmacy architecture may provide the greatest defendable position in case of terrorist or zombie attack. has to admit that there is an oddly consistent aesthetic at play with the new chain drugstores, one that is nothing short of ... totalitarian. These don't look like buildings where one can buy toothpaste, greeting cards, batteries and birth control pills. No, they look like the kind of places where people are taken after men with dark masks break into their homes and drag them away.

Then there are the walls. In short, they're not like the walls of your house. If you've ever seen one of these things built, it's all I-beams and cinderblocks. The walls are thick, made to withstand almost anything. And although the stores rarely have any enclosed space above the ground floor, the walls are built high – very difficult to scale. If there are windows at all, they're placed very high. It would be almost impossible to reach those windows from the outside. While the blocky buildings may provide shelter in case of nuclear armageddon, it should be noted that they often fail to keep out the craftiest addict of hillbilly heroin, aka Oxycontin, who may enter the pharmacy via the Trojan Horse method of resembling an innocuous toothpaste shopper.
· Fortress or pharmacy? [The Aesthetic]