Thursday, June 14, 2012

Why Protest? Here's Why:

All up and down our street you can see these signs protesting the development of a Wal-Mart in our neighborhood.
Last Friday, I went to this rally to protest the development.  It was held at five way intersection and many, many drivers honked to show their support.

I really don't know if we have much of a chance against such a large and well connected company, but it felt good to voice my opinion publicly about something I believe in.

A super store like this is bad for the small businesses in our community.  The small businesses and shops give our town character.

For example, here is our court house.  Doesn't it remind you of the one in Back to the Future?
Isn't this clock just like the one in the movie that sends Marty back and forward in time?

All around the court house little shops like this children's book store, which stocks just enough books for grown-ups too, feature unique goods and friendly owners.  A super store just wouldn't host visits from Neil Gaimon or Julie Andrews like this little shop did.
And here's the pub--boasting more imported and home crafted beers and ciders than almost anywhere in the country.  Inside it is well worn and relaxed, to me, a proper tavern.
 I took these pictures in that ultra-hot end-of-the-day time before the dinner rush.  Everything was just getting set up.
Here are some teens hanging out in the cool spray that floats off the sculpture.  This is a major middle school hang out on Friday afternoons when school lets out, and later this evening it will be crowded with folks.
 I love this colorful shop full of odd artistic objects  from all over the world.
Going into a super store just doesn't have the same feel as going into this place.

And I had to put this one up for the crafty ones among us.  It's a crazy crochet top.  I don't think I would ever wear this.  The floral piece on the side  reminds me too much of a fried egg or something.  Haha.  It makes me wonder who will buy it.

Anyway.  I love the feel of this little town within the bigger metropolis.
Even if Wal-Mart does move in, I won't be going there.

1 comment:

  1. I like the look of your neighbourhood. It looks a great area with lively personality and some lovely small shops, etc, I can see wny you want to protect it.