Friday, March 25, 2011
WARD 4 CALLS LATEST WALMART PLAN “TERRIBLE”: Walmart’s latest plan for a store in the District’s Ward 4 is "165 pages of terrible ideas," says Ward 4 Thrives member and community activist Virginia Leavell. "This plan does nothing to address our concerns about poverty wages, the driving out of small businesses, and the traffic nightmare this will cause around the intersection of Georgia and Missouri Avenues," said Michele Baskin, also with Ward 4 Thrives. In response to the plan, released earlier this week, Ward 4 Thrives, along with the Living Wages, Healthy Communities Coalition will be holding a rally at the proposed site (5929 Georgia Ave NW) tomorrow at 10:30a. Check out the Walmart-Foulger-Pratt plan online. - photo: artist's depiction of the Walmart planned for construction on Georgia Ave NW
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
W4T was informed yesterday that Foulger Pratt has submitted the Large Tract Review for the proposed development of a WalMart in Ward Four. The LTR should include a traffic study, environmental study, and other elements of the development proposal.
Stay tuned for the W4T release of the plan, and stay even more tuned for upcoming actions in response.
Also, until then, come out Saturday to show your support for community led development in Ward Four!
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Maybe you remember similar proposed legislation from 2007. The "Big Box Living Wage" would require all stores over 75,000 sq feet to pay at least $11.75. More or less. City Paper covers it here. The second bill would vaguely require all big boxes to sign Community Benefits Agreements in order to operate in DC.
City Council reps are lining up to support the bills. Mendelson introduced both bills, with Bowser and Alexander cosponsoring the Community Benefits piece, and Graham cosponsoring the Big Box Living Wages.
W4T still demands there be no WalMart in Ward Four, but does have a few questions about what's up in the Wilson Building.
- Given the wide discrepancies of effective and ineffective CBAs out there, how does this bill define a CBA and
- Is it legally binding and enforceable?
- With whom can WalMart sign a CBA, anyway? Anyone?
- Are there minimum standards that a CBA would have to cover?
What's RespectDC think of all this?
Any action by the city council to hold WalMart accountable is a plus.
But the coalition's posiiton is that the CBA bill needs be strengthened. Still to be defined: What groups can sign a CBA? Is this legally enforceable? What about traffic, the environment, small business, hours of operation, and security? How does DC solve those problems?
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Keep your eyes on the news today, as a whole heap of exciting legislation is being introduced.
What would DC look like if every retailer bigger than 75,000 feet was required to sign a Community Benefits Agreement? What would DC look like with living wages?
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Monday, March 7, 2011
With Foulger Pratt's large tract review submission imminent, Ward Four residents fan out across Ward Four to gather signatures of residents opposing the neighborhood big box. Canvassing has expanded from the Safeway near the proposed site to weekend door knocking.
Residents met with city council hopeful Sekou Biddle last week at a small house meeting where WalMart featured prominently in discussion. In a nutshell: Biddle's got nothing to say.
And in news news, the Northwest Current calls for public hearings on Walmart. (W4t wonders is Michael Brown gets the Northwest Current like the rest of us..) A highlight: a nod at the ridiculous public process opportunities and a call out of the "nebulous" large tract review process that seemingly is only used for site design.
W4T similarly is encouraged by heightened action around DC and in the similarly sieged wards five, six and seven. Phonebanking, canvassing, and public ANC debates abound.
Until the updated count on petition numbers later today, contextualize yourself with this video for your week.
From Left to Right: Janelle Carter, Andy Shallal, Barbara Ehrenreich, Bethanie Pointer, Kerry Korpi, Sandra Carpenter, Cynthia Murray at Busboys and Poets' successful 'Women, Workers and Walmart' panel discussion (thanks Respect DC!)
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