One of the side discussions that goes on among economists about recessions/depressions is which businesses are "depression-proof".  The Wall Street Journal offers up a surprising one:  building sheds, which protect sidewalks from falling rubble.  In good times, they protect against construction and renovations.  In bad times, they protect against falling-apart buildings that the landlords can't afford to repair.  This is particularly true in New York, where rent control leaves many landlords with a permanent disinterest in maintenance.  Alas for those of us in industries that aren't recession-proof, it's probably too late to get into the game now.

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