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LuvDusty -- that's the argument in a nutshell. In areas with limited development, a Walmart will jump start revitalization presumably.

Frankly, I don't really care about WM entering the city so much, I just don't have to shop there. What I care about is the urban design and intent of the projects in which they are located, because what's walmart now doesn't have to be later.

The thing is time. I'd argue in some neighborhoods, that 5 years more of an empty space is better than settling for a s***** project that will be in place for 20-40 years. That's how I'd score the GA Ave. location.

Skyland is different. Even so, the city shouldn't settle for Skyland being no different than the Home Depot shopping center. But they are.

WRT Montana & NY Avenues... even that one becomes less necessary if Jemal is going to redevelop the Hechts warehouse into high class mixed use residential. If that happens, it makes the other land available for build out much more valuable.

2. wrt the South Dakota/Fort Totten site, that used to be a shopping center with a Giant. It was plebian. Giant decamped in the early 1990s to the site just across the city line on Eastern Ave.

It's taken that long for revitalization energy to reach that area, which is why it's taken so long. Now, Walmart there? I figured they were just gonna do a supermarket but they aren't. I expect at that location they really believe that they will get a lot of business from PG County and Takoma Crossroads.

3. As far as good mom & pops go, for the most part DC has marginal retail, and the Walmart will kill a bunch of it (think agent orange). The city is also understored in a way (even though we have tons of empty commercial space) in terms of big box retail. But is it better to keep marginal retail around or go all Schumpeter on your a**? I don't have a lot of empathy for marginal retailers.

by Richard Layman on Apr 27, 2012 1:38 pm • linkreport

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