Actually what I meant to say is that the argument he makes CAN be incendiary. And not just to the gentry. If I was unemployed and he said, aren't you glad they are moving in a walmart so you can get a job (though not full time as they won't have to pay benefits and I have been told by walmart folks what a rotten place it is to work at), I would be like, is that what you think? That it has be IN my neighborhood for me to have the self-initiative to get there?
I read Rev. Beasley's opinion in the Patch a few days ago and did find it thought provoking and interesting. Considering there are big box stores nearby I don't think it's as strong an argument as the need to protect the Beltline, which is a city wide need to make us a more livable city and improve quality of life. I also felt strange at Beasley's statement that stopping the shopping center will encourage gentrification. I am definitely one of the people he points to that makes a good living and has moved into the neighborhood. It's so odd, the perspective. I may make a good living, but I am by far the least well off in my family and probably in the lower half in most of my circles. The only reason i have any money is that I don't have kids! I couldn't afford them! Yet I am gentrifying the neighborhood.
The first thing I say when I talk about East Atlanta is how much I love the diversity and that is so true. Excepting Trestletree, my perception is that EA has larger pockets of lower income families and older people, such as on the other side of Flat Shoals or down even Flat Shoals/Bouldercrest. I don't want anyone pushed out but I don't think bringing another WalMart to an area that is the same distance from EA as the one on Gresham could be an incendiary argument.
You know why there is free parking? Because the community refuses to vote it in. We want people to feel welcome and not have the horrendous hassle like you have in Little 5 and Decatur, just to name a couple of places, that charge an arm and a leg..well maybe just an arm...if you try to support a local business.
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