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Letter to the Editor: Residents Should Clean Up Before Protesting Walmart

A Medlock Park resident says people protesting Walmart should look around at their community and pick up a rake before demanding higher-standard alternatives to the ubiquitous international retailer.

 

This letter to the editor first appeared on North Druid Hills-Briarcliff Patch.

While I am not a fan of Walmart, this area desperately needs tax revenue and revitalization. Suburban Plaza is dying, and .

I would love to see a mixed use development with unique stores there, but the demographics don't support it. If the support were there, it would be going there as opposed to Clifton Road across from the Centers for Disease Control.

need to get over it because, truthfully, the bad element they fear is already milling about Suburban Plaza. I'm sorry to say this, but this neighborhood isn't affluent enough to support this area on property tax alone. They can take their pick at this point: Walmart or decreasing home values with increased taxes.

If some of these people want to take pride in the area, they should start with cleaning up the curb appeal of their own homes. This neighborhood desperately needs some of that!

The empty car lots and Suburban Plaza are eyesores killing this area. I would love a Trader Joe's, but this is the economic reality. Residents opposing Walmart need to drive by Clifton Road and look at the demographics of that area and realize that area supports that kind of development.

Developers run serious numbers on an area before building and actually drive through neighborhoods. Costco would have been a great addition. But unhappy residents should drive over to Brookhaven, look at the neighborhood that Costco went into and grab a paintbrush and some hedge clippers and invest a little sweat equity in their own properties if they want those kinds of businesses.

I take a lot of pride in my home and wish others would do the same. The people who have made downtown Decatur, Brookhaven, Oakhurst, Lake Claire and Virginia-Highland have made those neighborhoods desirable by investing in their own properties!

Jennifer Moore
Medlock Park

Virginia Lester February 01, 2012 at 12:40 PM
The man named Kevin who started all of the mean-talk sounds like a bitter, envious and judgemental man.....just glad I don't have to wake up in his shoes everyday! Geeeeeeeesh!
Reality & Logic February 01, 2012 at 01:24 PM
I like Wal-Mart and I like nice yards. And it's not that difficult to have a nice yard, not to mention it's great exercise!
Ms. February 01, 2012 at 03:49 PM
No one said anything about living in perfectville or suggested that houses need to be designer. You seem to be taking this quite personally so I'm inclined to assume that you see yourself in the original letter somewhere maybe. And there's nothing to be offended about, it's simply a matter of taking care of your property. When people go looking for homes, one of the things they look at, is how well the neighborhood in general is kept and these types of things are important. I do respect that you have instilled in your children to help those in need, and I'm still not sure why you have taken this so personally. Btw, I'm not offended when people leave their recycle bins out, life happens, people are busy, and we get that. This article wasn't about the "life happens" kind of issues. More about people being complacent/neglectful, and the impact that those things have on a neighborhood.
Nick February 01, 2012 at 06:00 PM
My 2-cents...I don't see Suburban Plaza as run-down, there are some vacant buildings that could use a tenant...I remember the Pep Boys (hated to see it go), the Eckerd Drugs, the Save-Rite, the Pizza Hut, too... Anyhoo, I see it like this: Walmart v Target, Publix v Kroger, Chick-Fil-A vs. any other fast food joint, Church's/Mrs. Winner's (closed) v Zaxby's/Popeye's, QT v other gas stations. I'm gonna generalise and assume most people shop at one OR the other, for whatever reasons! The establishments could be equally "nice" (open to interpretation), we put our own labels on 'em. Which would you rather have in your backyard? which would you rather patronize? which fall into the "I'd shop there, but I wouldn't wanna live there" category? How many of you have ridden past a check-cashing store, auto parts store, furniture rent-to-own store? Was it in the Decatur City Limits? Was it in/near a neighborhood with well-kept yards? The classic Golden Rule of '(S)He who has the gold, makes the rules' applies. Walmart has the money to buy the land, sounds like a good invesment for them, why shouldn't they move forward? Equally, citizens have the right to protest, petition, question, vent, etc... I would personally rather see another store there, but I also think Walmart has a chance to change some minds here...and I'm talking a NICE store, with LOTS of windows and natural light, a NICE cafe area, self-checkout, shopping carts that do NOT leave the parking lot, lots of greenery, etc.
Ms. February 02, 2012 at 03:22 AM
How strange, Earlier the username was Kevin was attached to this post, and now you have changed it to Sophie. Hmmm...

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