Wednesday, February 20, 2002
The anti-Wal-Mart ordinance recently passed by the City of Hood River is a fine piece of work. Designed to stop Wal-Mart from building a super center, the ordinance failed miserably. And where are all these commercial parcels within Hood River's city limits ready to be developed into mega-stores? Apparently they are few and far between given Wal-Mart's recent land grab at Hood River's door step.
If I were a conspiracy theorist, I would suggest that the limit to commercial building size was intended to limit Wal-Mart's competition. And with the county soon to follow in the city's foot print, Wal-Mart's future in the community is indeed bright.
The next question for Hood River is what to do with all that vacant retail space once the old Wal-Mart is vacated and either Safeway or Rosauers is forced to close due to lost grocery sales.
One good reason why the city's foot-print ordinance was such a bad idea; it didn't work. Keeping it on the books isn't going to improve the situation.
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I Can't Keep Quiet singers at "Citizen Town Hall"
‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge