Don't replace our parks with Wal-Marts

Published: Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 1:08 a.m.
The Gainesville City Commission rejected Wal-Mart's NW 53rd Street site plan at the Hogtown Creek headwaters, in part because it would damage our creek system. Now Wal-Mart is back with another proposal.
This time, it's to build a supercenter in a public park even closer to the Hogtown Creek headwaters than the original proposal. The commissioners should vote against this proposal for the same reasons and more.
Trading ecologically important public park land to benefit a massive corporation is insupportable. It sets a horrible precedent.
If the city commissioners are serious about their commitment to redevelopment, they will not be manipulated by Wal-Mart's cynical quid pro quo proposal that will pollute our water and damage our creek system.
Commissioners must vote against this and instead direct Wal-Mart to the large vacant Winn-Dixie just a few hundred yards to the north.
Karen Orr, waters and wetlands chair, Sierra Club, Florida chapter, Gainesville

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