By Suzanne Manneh, Sep 24, 2010 10:00 AM
The Mission District's Modern Times Bookstore, which has catered to progressive, Spanish-speaking and LGBT communities for 39 years, may become a casualty of the financial crisis and other factors, reports Michael Lucas for El Tecolote. The store's operations coordinator, Kermit Playfoot, told El Tecolote that Modern Times had no intention of closing its doors. But the shop is hurting. The amount of money it needs to stay in business has not been disclosed to the public, although bookstore staff members posted a letter on their website asking for community support, after initially sending the letter to the store's membership base. Modern Times staff members say they need help staying afloat until the more traditionally lucrative fall and winter months.