Thursday, February 08, 2007

Saturday Showdown at Northcross

Responsible Growth for Northcross is planning a big protest this Saturday at Northcross Mall. They're hoping to get 5,000 people to link arms around the mall for 10 minutes at 10am to protest Wal-Mart and Lincoln Properties' refusal to address neighborhood concerns regarding the ridiculously large Wal-Mart Supercenter the two corporations want to build at Northcross. The event will kick off a city-wide boycott of Wal-Mart.

I'm not much for protesting, especially if it involves touching a stranger, but I'll probably head down there to help ensure a good turnout. As for the boycott, I haven't purchased anything from Wal-Mart in two years, so no problem there.

4 comments:

Mike said...

"Wal-Mart and Lincoln Properties' refusal to address neighborhood concerns regarding the ridiculously large Wal-Mart Supercenter the two corporations want to build at Northcross."

That's just not true, Greg; both have been negotiating at City Hall with neighborhood association representatives. Neither have bothered to talk to RG4N, though, which stands to reason, since RG4N has made Wal-Mart's presence there non-negotiable.

Greg said...

Mike,

I can’t speak to what’s going on down at City Hall (and maybe you’ve seen something I haven’t seen regarding the associations) but aside from the two companies’ statements to the press, I can’t find a peep as to Wal-Mart and Lincoln actively negotiating to address neighborhood concerns about the impact this proposed supercenter will have. Just sending Richard Suttle to a meeting doesn’t count in my book. Allandale Neighborhood Association even voted to give money to RG4N.

Mike said...

Allandale Neighborhood Association was basically overthrown in a coup by RG4N. Not kidding - there's completely new leadership now.

And the news about negotiations comes from allandale's yahoo group - representatives from neighborhood associations were, in fact, negotiating a set of issues with Lincoln, with the city as mediator. And Lincoln was, in fact, listening.

Doesn't fit in with RG4N's plans; they're too far out on the "no Wal-Mart no matter what" limb to admit that negotiations actually ARE taking place. That's because many (most?) of RG4N's supporters consider the presence of Wal-Mart at ALL to be non-negotiable.

Greg said...

I've been keeping up with the Brentwood, Crestview and Wooten Yahoo groups (having lived in all three), but clearly I'm missing out by not subscribing to Allandale's group.

Even though I don't think RG4N's retail/residential "vision" for Northcross is economically sound, I do think their pressure will bring about a better end result for the property in the long run.