Monday, January 31, 2011
It was also disclosed that it is common for developers to submit pieces of the Large Tract Review for early review, before being submitted as a whole to the Office of Planning. At this stage, the LTR could be rejected outright.
W4T meets with the Office of Planning Thursday.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
But just in case, we thought we'd ask! So leave a comment with your major traffic concerns and we will pass them on. Straight from your fingertips to the ears of DDOT.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Ward 4 Thrives is participating in a day of Community Advocacy this Thursday January 27th from 9 am to 12 pm. We are joining our fellow city-wide coalition members to deliver a message to the Councilmembers and Mayor that we expect Wal-Mart and the city to Respect the residents of DC and the Choices of our communities.
Over 700 Ward 4 Residents have signed on to voice their opposition to a Wal-Mart in our ward. Let's deliver that message again, this time in person. Are you free Thursday morning? Then come join us!
When - Thursday January 27th 9 am to 12 noon (lunch is being generously provided by our local UFCW members)
Where - The Wilson Building downtown 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW, meeting in the Lobby initially
Why - To tell the Councilmembers to make Wal-Mart Respect DC Residents and our Community choices
How - We will form teams by Ward to meet with Councilmembers. Each team will probably meet with 2 Councilmembers. You already know what you think, but additional materials from Ward 4 Thrives can be provided to you, just let us know.
Who - You! Your neighbors!
Email Michele or call (202)641-5546 if you are going to try and come so that we can have a head-count and know who to look out for.
Ward 4 Thrives is turning up the pressure. Help us keep it up!
Monday, January 24, 2011
75 + people attended ANC 4B meeting to discuss Wal Mart. Michael Brown's quick poll of the room shows 2-3 people pro Wal Mart and 70 against.
ANC commissioners want to know if ANC 4 B will pass a motion to call for public hearings and Brown agrees to support the motion.
Brown confirms that Large Tract Review and the executive office have the final say on Foulger Pratt's development plan.
When asked if he would support the community in opposing Wal Mart-Now about 700 signatures strong- Brown insists on waiting for the official plan before stating a position.
Relevant points raised include the fact that Wal Mart funds groups opposed to DC Statehood, to which Brown had no response. It was also raised that something needs to go on the site.
And a closing point: if Brown claims Mayor Gray and the city council can't stop Wal Mart, what's the point of city council? Philly was referenced as having stopped Wal Mart from moving in.
Contact Brown: firstname.lastname@example.org
202. 724 8105
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
For real, Michelle? Did you have to go and endorse Wal Mart in DC like that? For all of the good ideas out there for bringing more healthy food to our communities, W4T is disappointed you went for Wal Mart. And, not that husband and wife teams need to agree, but Barack hit the nail on the head during his presidential campaign for calling it out as anti-union and bad for workers, or, what did he say, "Unlike the manufacturers who are under enormous competitive pressure from global low-cost producers, Wal-Mart is making enormous profits and yet it has chosen to go with low wages and diminished benefits"
Our citywide coalition, the Living Wage Healthy Communities Coalition, has officially launched an aggressive canvassing effort as well as a broad online presence. Check out the website, on facebook, and on twitter @Respect_DC and #RespectDC.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Ward Four Thrives is thrilled to be a part of the city-wide coalition - Living Wages Healthy Communities- resisting the WalMartization of our communities. W4T's position remains unchanged:
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Ward 7 has got another popper on their hands with Wal Mart trying to snag the anchor location at the Skyland Town Center after Target has backed off.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
Say no to Wal-Mart.
In November, Wal-Mart announced plans to open four stores in Washington by 2012. This is not what our city needs.
As an independent small-business owner, I am concerned about the District's "big box" approach to economic development. This strategy - plant national chains in gentrifying areas, some of which are still recovering from 1968's riots - is unsustainable and unwise. It's economic crack.
You should take the long view and strive to attract small businesses with tax incentives that level the playing field for those battling the big-box bullies. Small businesses give our neighborhoods - whether Mount Pleasant, Shaw or H Street - their unique character. (Remember when Chinatown had something more Chinese than Fuddruckers?)
Small businesses create more local jobs, pay more taxes, keep more money in the community and are far less likely to close down when things get tough. And, if they go bust, they don't leave an economic crater behind.
Learn from the mistakes of your predecessor. Instead of hopping a flight across the country to entice Fortune 500 companies, support independent local businesses by taking walks in our neighborhoods, dining at local restaurants and shopping at local shoe stores. It will be money well spent.
- Andy Shallal, owner, Busboys and Poets and Eatonville restaurant