Vine City Welcomes Walmart; Good Growth DeKalb To Meet Tuesday

Neighborhoods respond differently to the prospect of a big box store.

People are still riled up about plans to build a Walmart near Decatur, but it's a different story in West Atlanta.

People in Vine City are more than happy the giant retailer wants to build on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Ground was broken Monday for the 73,000-square-foot store, WABE public broadcasting reported.

“We didn’t come against any opposition at all,”  Wal-Mart regional general manager Karen Brewer Edwards told WABE.

Of course, Decatur and Vine City are very different places with different needs. Vine City, for example, doesn't have a nearby grocery store.

“This is a neighborhood that was a food desert,” Atlanta City Councilor Ivory Young said.

Earlier this year, people in for a proposed Walmart.

But around Decatur, there are plenty of people who don't like the idea of a Walmart at Suburban Plaza, saying the increased traffic and congestion will cause problems.

An estimated 100 people marched morning to show their opposition.

To follow up the march, , the group leading the fight, plans to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at North Decatur Presbyterian Church.

On Sunday, March 18, the movie will be shown at Push Push Theater at 121 New St., Decatur.




Ms. March 14, 2012 at 02:01 PM
KCS- Of course there is no list compiled. It's very simple to understand, they don't want Walmart but everything else is fair game. Could be a gun shop, liquor store, check cashing and bulk cigarette joint, as long as it is owned by someone local and doesn't have Walmart in the title, it's fine. I'm sorry to be crass, but I have had it with Victoria at this point, just like the other threads, she stops by, drops a few inflammatory comments, and then disappears. I have seen her do this for the past month or so. Check out the Emory Point adds more Retailers post from a week or so ago on Decatur Metro and see her pulling this there. I much admire the Deanna/Decatur Heights perspective of being informed, well-reasoned, on topic and civil, as a way to negotiate the neighborhood interests. Victoria and her emotional/everything but the kitchen sink arguments, won't accomplish anything I'm sorry to say. And for the record, I don't work for Walmart, Selig, which is the go-to GGD response of anyone that dare criticize their approach. Don't know Deanne either, just someone who has been watching this unfold over the past few months from the sidelines.
Joanne March 14, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I'm not affilated with GGD and I don't know anyone one else on this thread either, but I must disagree with you. Deanne has been inflammatory and discourteous, much mroe so than *almost* anyone else. There are a few men on the blog who are just terrible and much worse than Deanne. But I have seen more than a few impolite comments by Deanne.
Deanne March 14, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Ms. - Thanks for your kind words! Much appreciated! :0) Joanne- I've used great restraint in weighing in. If at times I've been more frank than you'd like (or horrors! indulged in a snark or two), and you didn't care for it, well, that's just the way it is. For the record, I've made a point of looking past your constant sarcasm to try to give some value to your input.
CC March 14, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Yikes - things are way too personal here! I'm just jumping in, but this is about land use and what the best use of this property is. I totally get the emotional side of this argument (I used to work for Fulton County and have mediated my share of meetings btw. Wal-Mart and the n'hood group opposing them. But you got to stay focused on the use of this property and what is best. Are there traffic improvements Wal-Mart would have to do to make it safer -- maybe look at a round-about at the main intersection at Lawrenceville Hwy...just an idea.
Jennifer April 06, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I hope my comments won't upset anyone here. yikes is right I was in favor of the Walmart opening on Memorial Drive in the Belvedere Plaza area. It was a commercial area needing something. There was a lot of talk about how it would create new jobs and stimulate other great improvements. I shop there on rare occasions, but I have not noticed any great improvement in the area. I hope it succeeds because there is a history of abandoned Walmart buildings blighting areas. I wonder what a Walmart in Suburban Plaza will do to the Walmart on Memorial or to the Targets on North Druid Hills or in Northlake? It just seems like we don't need another big box. It also seems out of place in this mostly residential neighborhood. My kids play ball at Medlock and we eat at Meltons, Picaddilly, Moe's. We enjoy Big Lots and Hancocks. Now it will be a place I avoid. (No, I am not a fan of shopping in general and especially not at Walmart, too big, too crowded, etc.) I can't really see the kind of jobs Walmart offers as being particularly desirable. I don't think I am being overly emotional to say that this is the last thing I would want here. I drive through this area every day toward work/home and spend a lot of time in the Medlock area due to kids' activities. Smaller businesses are a much better fit for this part of Decatur.


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