Lisa Falkenberg, who I've never met or talked to other than in one email, wrote this piece the other day.
My apologies for not getting a chance to address sooner; I've actually been trying to work on something meaningful that benefits everyone in our community, so answering socio-economic discrimination innuendos hasn't been highest on my priorities of 'venting outrage on blogs.' (You don't have to click on it ... I just linked it back to this blog - I am very outraged) (that was kind of passive aggressive sarcasm).
Anyway, I guess we can just kind of go point by point here, so here we go:
But as the volume rises, let's remember that not everyone is against the so-called Heights Walmart, especially those who need it.
Lets also remember that its easy to lob criticism from behind a computer screen ... but it takes a bit more effort to actually make some recommendations that are good for the community and our city.
I'm actually not a heights resident ... as the blog name states, I live on Koehler street, which is in the West End. But I've met a lot of people in all this that I'm really happy to have met, and that I hope we'll be able to maintain lasting friendships with. Thats been the best part of all of this ... I've actually discovered a community that has a concern for whats happening around them, and doesn't sit around and wait.
We've asked for the city to defer the 380 ... use it to make sure everybody gets something ... as it is right now, there's no teeth, no enforcement. Take a look at that list we gave to the mayor. Look at what's detailed there and presented. There's something for everybody. SWA Group was kind enough to help with a concept idea (shown above) ... and it includes a big box design.
The blogosphere is one thing, but these are issues, big issues that will effect us, and the city, for years to come. Lets stick to the substance that makes a difference here.