- by SRS1, Master Analyst
- 10/21/2013 11:41:09 PM
Target success comes from moving into a situation where their store could flourish. A little infrastructure change is a small price to pay for growth and development.
- 10/16/2013 9:27:39 AM
That's true of this area too. There were troublemakers in those blocks and it's good they're gone but not every block was filled with law breakers. A local lobbyist wrote a book about the revitalization but from the developer's perspective. It seems like the history of the affected neighborhoods will be lost forever. Historic properties had to be moved from the area along with crumbling homes.
- 10/16/2013 8:29:46 AM
Too often I think societies equate poverty with a lack of desire for someplace they call home. Residents of rundown areas eyed for rejuvenation, therefore, often become trivial considerations for developers and their backers, unfortunately. "It doesn't matter where they live. Let's get 'em out here." This isn't to say poverty doesn't bring with it a whole boatload of other problems, but for those residents who have done right by their neighborhoods, rejuvenation can turn out to be their worst nightmare.
- 10/15/2013 10:38:11 PM
@beth it's sad to watch it too. The neighborhood was rundown because the residents were very poor. It's across the highway from a similar area that was never rebuilt after an F5 tornado in the 70s.
- 10/15/2013 8:03:03 AM
Do let us know! I have to say my preference is Target over Walmart. In fact, I've only been to the Walmart in my area once, to buy one item that it was having a particularly good sale on (yarn, if I recall). It's too chaotic in there for me! But, I do have to say I've been to Walmart on several occasions while on roadtrips with the family to pick up odds and ends. (But no overnight camping!)
- by louisw900, Blogger
- 10/14/2013 10:49:01 PM
I have not been there in awhile Beth, I think the experience affected me so much that if I do get anything from Walmart, I will either buy it online or just simply buy it from somewhere else.
But my gut feeling is that it is probably still the same, though I would love to be wrong on this.
I ought to go and check it out just to re-enforce my negative opinion of Walmart. I will let you know if and when I do.
- 10/14/2013 11:24:47 AM
That is interesting Louis. And to this date is it still the same at this Macy's-turned-Walmart? Or was that a move in quick, and THEN update, approach?
- by kq4ym, Data Doctor
- 10/14/2013 10:11:52 AM
Location analytics has been going on since the beginning of time, it's just that computers have helped in recent decades. Any planner, store owner or politician is going to build where's there's people.
Walmart bought a tract of land just outside a small town in Southwest Floriida during the uptick in real estate prices and sales back around 2005. They already had stores about 30 miles to the east and west of the rural location.
But when the real estate boom bust, Walmart decided to not build. It's still an orange grove today. No people, no building.