Famous people and events in history often have some sort of enormous stone monuments to prevent them from being forgotten.
Unfortunately, this is NOT true for once-great companies and products (see example in Figure 1). These are consigned to obscurity, with no physical relics to attest to their existence in history.
Companies and products of the past can still teach lessons to the people of the future, and they should be memorialized with enormous monuments that will stand the test of time.
Next time your city demolishes a building that can’t be easily repurposed for housing or general commercial use (for example, a contaminated landfill or a former gas station), you should push for that area to become a DEFUNCT COMMERCIAL PRODUCT AND/OR COMPANY STATUE GARDEN.
PROS: Brings the lessons of the past to the people of the future.
CONS: May be discouraging to see how many great products and companies failed to make a lasting impact.