No Super Wal-Mart is shameful for city

Published: Thursday, January 5, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 4, 2006 at 11:23 p.m.
In response to the many articles about the proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter. For once I wish local government would take into consideration the everyday person in Gainesville. I have lived in Gainesville all my life and have worked at UF & Shands for the past 19 years. I also live on the southeast side of town, an area long neglected by local government and developers. The city's upkeep for sidewalks and streets is poor. Meanwhile, the southwest and northwest sides of Gainesville seem to be growing and moving further and further away.
The only safety we have is that the Sheriff's Department is located in our neighborhood. Downtown has seen some new development, but has issues of safety. And then there are the bars, with excessive partying and excessive noise levels.
It's a poor reflection of our city's priorities to see this trend of growth not extending in our direction. We see the half-empty development on 13th Street down from Gainesville High School, yet government is quick to approve yet another restaurant or store on congested Archer Road.
It's probably going to be 6 years before a Super Wal-Mart can be constructed on the northeast side of town. Ocala has two, Chiefland has one, and now Starke has one. Aren't all these towns smaller than Gainesville?
I know that my business and money have been going to Bradford County because I can afford what Wal-Mart has to offer and it's close enough to drive. It's shameful, and I hope other residents will stand up and take notice.
Beverly Carroll, Gainesville

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