[Update: A good time was had by all. Language of resolution will be tweaked for sure passage next meeting. -DS]
May 20, 2009 Ukiah, Mendocino County, North California
This Wednesday May 20 the Ukiah City Council will consider a resolution about Developer Diversified Realty’s (DDR) ballot measure to change the Masonite site from industrial zoning to a huge shopping mall.
One of the versions of the resolution before the Council will urge the public to vote “No” when DDR’s measure goes before the voters in November.
The presence of those of us who oppose DDR will be essential. Please attend if you can.
The item will come up early on the Council’s agenda, possibly 6:15 to 6:30 p.m.
See also The Masonite Monster Mall series→
[I didn't move to this beautiful valley to shop. -Guiness McFadden]
The economic structure that mega-retailers are propagating represents a modern variation on the old European colonial system, which was designed not to build economically viable and self-reliant communities, but to extract their wealth and resources. Yet many cities eagerly usher in these corporate colonizers.
Some envision a tax windfall, only to discover that these sprawling stores impose a significant burden on public infrastructure and services. Or worse, after their local economies have been bulldozed, they find that they are utterly dependent on a few big boxes that might raise prices, lay off employees, or threaten to move to a neighboring town if they don’t receive a tax break…
As retail sprawls outward, running errands entails more driving. The 1990s saw a jump of more than 40 percent in the number of miles driven by the average household for shopping—which translates into an increase of almost 95 billion miles a year for the country as a whole. Mega-retailers are thus fueling smog, acid rain, and global warming. Retail sprawl has also emerged as a top threat to our rivers, lakes, and estuaries…
Keep reading Big Box Swindle→