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Group to Protest Walmart Friday

Good Growth DeKalb claims only 5 percent of the local community favors the construction of a large Supercenter retail store in Suburban Plaza.

Leaders of say the group will gather at at the intersection of Medlock Road, North Decatur Road and Scott Boulevard at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, to protest the forthcoming .

This will be the last of three summer rallies Good Growth DeKalb has conducted. GGD says the Walmart will create traffic problems for the neighborhood, clog already busy streets and is overall a bad fit for the area.

A message from GGD said,

 

In July, Good Growth DeKalb met with Selig Enterprises and presented 3,056 petition signatures.  In the last 8 months, Good Growth DeKalb has done extensive neighborhood canvassing and found that 75% of residents are opposed to Walmart and only 5% are in favor, with the remainder neutral or undecided.  Approximately 500 yard signs opposing the development dot the surrounding neighborhoods.

Here are previous stories about the proposed Walmart Supercenter and Suburban Plaza.

 

David D August 10, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Yawn. Why don't they clean up their signs - get the mildew off of them?
D Ebaugh August 10, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Oh great - another traffic jam Friday from GGD folks who STAND IN THE MIDDLE of the intersection waving signs. And I think their statistics are way skewed!
Deanne August 10, 2012 at 04:51 PM
It'd be very helpful if one of our Patch folks could get GGD to supply more info: Without supporting info on GGD's extensive neighborhood canvassing to go along with GGD's percentages, the percentages have no meaning. By percentage to what total number of participants? And the breakdowns: Which area(s) did GGD canvass? Which specific streets? How do the percentages break out by area(s)?And did GGD really achieve 100% participation of all households in their surveyed area(s)? That's a darn near impossible feat to pull off! GGD's claim of having 500 Stop Walmart signs up in our area has never matched what's been displayed in the area around Suburban Plaza. The Medlock areas (both sides of intersection), Clairmont Heights, the Pensdale/Willow/Eastland neighborhood, Springdale Heights, Decatur Heights, Glenwood Estates and Glenlake Commons, and the corridors of Scott Blvd, N. Decatur Rd, and Church St. collectively maxed out at aprox. 150 signs, and over the past month the number's been steadily dwindling. (There's been no reports of swiped signs on the listservs, and there's only been 1 incident cited on blogs.) Also, the 3,056 signatures on GGD's No Walmart petition were gathered primarily online and at festivals, and it includes many from folks out of the area and from around the country. (To even be considered by a business, a petition needs to be kept to residents in the targeted demographic living in the targeted area.)
Victoria Webb August 11, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Photos from the rally today, with various media in attendance; Ch2 News, Fox 5News, Radio WYAY FM 106.7, along with Representative Karla Drenner and her assistant Candace. Thank you Jonathan for posting and a big thanks to all for another great turn-out! http://www.flickr.com/photos/furiousdreams/sets/72157631010161076/with/7756215774/
Joel Adamson August 11, 2012 at 11:12 AM
GGD should change thier name to we like urban blight and abandoned shopping centers I lived here 20 years and seen Suburban Plaza lose tenant after tenant I welcome Walmart or any other business that would clean that eyesore up. I passed by there were maybe 30 protestors. I live less than a mile from SP and my neighbors welcome the change
Deanne August 11, 2012 at 01:25 PM
(* N. Druid Patch has Jonathan's Cribb's full post, along w/ other comments. http://northdruidhills.patch.com/articles/good-growth-dekalb-to-protest-walmart-again-friday )
Fed up with lies August 11, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Deanne, your comments are not accurate. There are more than 500 signs out in the immediate area. Yes, some should be replaced bc of the elements but that just shows how dedicated people are to displaying their stance. You are also misleading people about the petition signatures. As I have said before, approximately 95 percent are from the county and city of Decatur. Others are people who go in and out -- a guy whose family is here, grew up here and now lives temporarily in Hawaii but will be back soon and the couple who lived in DC and were scouting the area for a home and now live here. All that shows is the scope of this issue -- that people care so much about our area of the county and our city that they don't want that store that doesn't fit our values or the footprint of the shopping center.
Deanne August 11, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Fed up with lies/ Frances, I've not commented on the condition of the signs. I've accounted for the 150 signs that were up (now fewer) in the area surrounding Suburban Plaza. It'd be very helpful if you'd share where any other large quantities of signs are located since there's a discrepancy of about 300 signs when I factor in all of the ones I've come across or heard about in the extended area. Perhaps volunteers took large quantities intending to put them up, but didn't get it done. Dave at Intown Ace says they've sold very few signs for GGD. (You may have noticed that Intown Ace has never put up a Stop Walmart sign. The owners do not support GGD's stance.) Again, the value in a petition lies in its effectiveness to help bring about the desired change. For a petition to matter to a company or govt agency, it has to be specific to what would be the determining factor for them. For a retailer/developer, it's their targeted market. GGD can make their petition available to the media or on their website for review if they feel I've inaccurately represented its mix. As for your belief that 95% of the signatures are those of Dekalb/ City of Decatur residents, anyone who's checked their petition or monitored the online petition's viewable scroll is aware that this isn't the case. Today, for example, of the 10 signatures showing on the scroll: 3 are from Decatur, 2 are from Atlanta, and 5 are from out of state. https://www.change.org/petitions/say-no-to-walmart
Steve August 11, 2012 at 07:39 PM
I think there were more people at the CFA kiss-in last Friday.
N.G. August 11, 2012 at 08:29 PM
30 protesters on a hot summer day is a good turnout. These are people who got off their butts to do something for their community; not people like you who are keyboard jockeys and just drive by and mock. You'll be sorry if a 150,000 square foot building is built on that corner. Trust me. You have no idea what you are supporting. But Scott Selig and his family will take all the support that can get from people like you so that they can build another house in Aspen.
Decaturette August 11, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Um, to those of us not sure where we stand, still trying to understand the info and hope for the best, a nasty personal attack like this works against your position. It doesn't fit in this conversation and it makes me suspicious of your cause. Please don't bias me with more nasty attacks! I would prefer to make up my mind on rational arguments. Attack ideas or positions if you will, but not people.
Joel Adamson August 12, 2012 at 10:21 AM
I'm raking up a collection for a big sign for Suburban Plaza 'Welcome Walmart and thanks for improving my neughborhood and cleaning up this ugly corner'
Deanne August 12, 2012 at 01:08 PM
N.G. You’ll be pleased to know that after your anonymous GGD Medlock pal bragged on here of canvassing my neighbors asking about me and deliberately gave my name/ street, it immediately led to a barrage of all hours phone hang-ups and an attempted 2am trespassing incident. It’s the low behavior of folks like you, along with GGD’s other ugly tactics, that has folks distancing themselves from any association with your group. Hating a retailer is apparently not a good enough reason for them to endorse GGD’s “declared war.” (Maybe your Medlock neighbor had some remorse after doing it—she’s since deleted her comments.) Let me make it real clear to Good Growth Dekalb: Any personal harassment that crosses over into being a criminal action will be dealt with by the police.
Deanne August 12, 2012 at 01:22 PM
N.G. You’re certainly the “face” of the new Patch. AOL’s switch to a “go low to get eyeballs” strategy* makes GGD and Patch the perfect partners. How Ralph and regional editor Anna Verela can justify to themselves letting personal attacks stand, I do not get. This ugliness says more about y’all than me. Folks can assess the signs situation for themselves. 500 signs are either out there or they aren’t. You’ve done a very good job of raising their curiosity. Dave Jones of Intown Ace said he’s told every customer who’s gotten on him about why he’s not fighting Walmart that he’s not against Selig or Walmart doing what they have a legal right to do at Suburban Plaza. He also said he’s told GGD several times now that Ace is not putting up a sign or giving them a donation. (If you aren’t aware of this, maybe you’re not in as tight with GGD as you’ve been thinking you are.) Ace believes in supporting local community groups, and because they’ve viewed GGD as a community group, they agreed to sell the signs. GGD was allowed to put a small notice on the community bulletin board saying that signs are available for sale at the checkout. There’s no promo for the signs in the store. When I asked Dave if they’d had any customers mentioning buying a replacement for a stolen sign, he said, “No, and there’s been very few sales.” (Dave won’t mind my comment. He offered up that Selig's welcome to share what he told me.)
Deanne August 12, 2012 at 01:25 PM
* Please be aware that Patch recently updated its Acceptable Use policy to allow for lowered standards. Editors no long have to enforce their policy or even monitor their sites: http://decatur.patch.com/terms
Deanne August 12, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Good Growth Dekalb leadership- Rather than urging your supporters to comment on blogs, why not just give an accounting of your group’s efforts? Provide the supporting info to back up all your claims, update the public on the outcome of your bribes inquiries, and share your game plan for how you’re going to attempt to stop Walmart.
Ralph Ellis August 12, 2012 at 02:56 PM
N.G. -- Your comment goes over the line and is too personal. I am deleting it. Ralph Ellis
Jethro August 12, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Signs? I see more Stop Walmart signs in Oakhurst than in Medlock!

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