Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Anti-walmart flyer, DC

Anti-walmart flyer, DC
Originally uploaded by rllayman
Picked this up at the Yes! Grocery on Georgia Avenue over the weekend. (Note that Yes! is a great place to buy fresh spices in bulk--so they are cheaper and fresher.)

I don't have a scanner so I apologize for the flash effect.

I like the choice of images on the flyer. Classic example of the line: "a picture is worth 1,000 words."

WRT Walmart, it's interesting how in DC, mostly elected officials have rolled over ("New DC economic chairman supports Ward 5 Wal-Mart" from the Post) while there is still a fight in New York City ("Walmart launches big NYC media and P.R. push" from Crains's New York Business) and the Office of Public Advocate produced a report on the negative economic impact of Walmart ("Wal-Mart’s Economic Footprint: A literature review prepared by Hunter College Center for Community Planning & Development and New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasi").

It's true that DC zoning laws don't provide any leverage for opposing Walmart, unlike some other communities which have strong review provisions for larger scale retail (big box).

And imagining DC Council actually turning out high quality reports and analyses. I can't think of an example of such in recent memory.

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