Wow. What a hot topic! I see the whole thing as a perfect, microcosmic view of where we are in the U.S. as a whole: a developer like Arlean Dean buys low and sells high -- like she absolutely has every right to -- after taking very real risks, ones that, over time, are increasingly lessened. It's just the way capitalism is supposed to work and has, just fine, for centuries.
But in her wake is left a large chasm between the haves and have nots that's simply sad to see. This Decatur survey shows that, just like all over the U.S., the group of "have nots" gets bigger and bigger with every case of what's happening in Oakhurst. Those who can afford to take the risks because they get ever-higher rewards perpetuate a new kind of capitalism -- one on steroids -- and it's devastating for those who can end up priced completely off the supply-demand curve.
Real estate and banking/finance are two of the biggest culprits behind "chasm building." All you can do is try to outrun it in your little corner of the world -- and hang on. Unfortunately, there's not much you can do when cities like Decatur do a completely legal land grab and double/triple your property taxes through annexation.
THAT is what should be harder to do.
If you want to contact Trader Joe’s executives about coming to Suburban Plaza, here are two important (and correct/up-to-date) names and titles, and their address:
Vice President/Real Estate
800 Shamrock Ave.
Monrovia, CA 91016
Man, oh man! It doesn't take long anymore to get mean online, does it? Unfortunately, it doesn't take much to get mean in the restaurant scene, either. It's an area that seems void of training. Hey, to those of you who make money serving people as they dine, allow me to let you in on a little secret: WE CARE ABOUT BEING SERVED CORRECTLY. If it's all you have to do, then why not do it right? We don't want you to be our best friend; we want to you to make sure our experience is worth the extra money we pay not to feed ourselves at home. Because in this economy, we can, you know? And then where would you be? Finally, a tip no one seems to know: Don't remove any plates until EVERYONE at the table is finished eating!
I can't get the servers sitting down with you. Forget that! The problem with ALL restaurants in the South is that the staff want to be your best friend. Why? Bigger tips. Instead, you keep your floor and keep me well served and I'll keep my seat and give you a big tip. Another 'MUST STOP NOW' for restaurants: LOUDNESS (music, plus voices bouncing off cement walls, wood floors, etc.; get some sound panels!) and temperatures that please only the staff but leave women, especially (typically dressed to please their dates), freezing! Enough already! If you spend all your time on the menu and don't cover the comforting BASICS, customers won't return but you won't know why.
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