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With only a few hours left in 2009, it's time to look back at a year of dizzying highs and crushing lows, a year when every empty storefront held a pop-up shop and every sidewalk a sample sale line. Folks, it's the annual (three years running!) Racked Recap. This week, we'll be reliving our biggest and brightest (and saddest and darkest) moments, from the biggest retail conquistadors to the biggest store openings. Take a deep breath of the sweet, sweet nostalgia.
[Photos by Daniel Krieger]
We know Racked readers are an opinionated bunch, so we are leaving it up to you to pick which of the five highest-rated Street Scenes subjects of the past year is the top Street Scene of 2009. Click through the gallery for their info, and make your choice. Democracy at work, people.