"Do not depend on the hope of results. You may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself." -- Thomas Merton
How many Walmarts do we need? There are already three Walmarts within four miles of the Arvada Triangle (58th and Independence) -- the proposed location of yet another boring, generic, traffic-snarling Walmart. Can't we do better than that? And don't we owe it to the residents of the Olde Town area to try? Who wants a Walmart in their backyard? Having access to Walmart via the three on or near Sheridan is alright by me, we don't need to invite one into the heart of our town.
The charm of Olde Town Arvada with its unique independent businesses and sense of community is big part of why many of us love living here. If I wanted a big-box, chain-ridden, pop-up, and hollow town there are plenty to choose from all around the front range. We live in, moved to, and/or choose to stay in Arvada because it is ARVADA! It is a wonderful and authentic town. Keep Arvada Arvada please! Development yes, Walmart no.
"Public hearing dates for Walmart have not been set yet because as of Feb. 8 Walmart had not submitted an application."
Those who want to preserve our quality Arvada community and neighborhoods -- and our local small businesses -- should express opposition to this Wal-Mart Superstore plan as loudly and as frequently as possible right now. The power elites in Arvada may already have visions of new tax revenue to spend, however, an organized opposition to this plan might be able to communicate to Wal-Mart executives that this kind of store at this location would not be a positive part of our community.
Just found this report from January 23, 2013 ... There is this:
“We’re very early in this process, so there will be a lot of opportunities for (residents) to provide feedback,” said Josh Phair, the director of Public Affairs and Government Relations for the Mountain Division of Wal-Mart Corporation. “We really want to make sure this is a store of the community and for the community.”
Wal-Mart has yet to file an application with the city. Once the application is received, there will be public hearings with the Planning Commission and Arvada City Council before a decision is made.
Letter-to-the-Editor in today's Boulder Daily Camera about the 'real' cost of Wal-Mart items.
Arvada consumers should understand that a Wal-Mart superstore in the heart of our town may ultimately mean less choice ... and an end to the option of shopping at neighborhood King Soopers and Safeway.
Arvada will be the loser as the result of a Wal-Mart superstore --- local, small businesses and civic organizations BEWARE!
"... Wal-Mart’s negative effect on social capital is partly a result of its impact on locally owned businesses. Wal-Mart harms not only local retailers, but also a wide variety of other businesses and professionals that serve local retailers, such as banks and accountants. When they disappear, the economists write, “the social capital they embody is destroyed, and their entrepreneurial skills and other forms of location-specific human capital are forever lost to the community.”
Wal-Mart will probably claim that they will bring lots of jobs to its proposed Arvada superstore. But how many jobs will be lost if Safeway and Kmart and dozens of other businesses in the central area of Arvada are driven out by Wal-Mart? And will the Arvada Wal-Mart jobs be subsidized by food stamps and Medicaid ... as are a lot of Wal-Mart jobs?
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