Comment 73829

By mystoneycreek (registered) - website | Posted February 07, 2012 at 12:32:10

Well, I gotta say... The way the conversation twists and turns here is fascinating. As usual. And it surely reveals a little about default settings, our expectations...and also, what we're protective of, what we're fearful of, etc.

Because I gotta say, if we get 'development' into the core, some/many businesses won't survive. That's just the realities of competition and change. So in a way, I tend to react badly to the kind of 'protectionism' I see here.

As far as I'm concerned, despite some of the points made about 'what's in the downtown', I don't buy (no pun intended) the notion that we already have what we need, or that someone's ably filling our needs.

As I blogged just before I got this whole ball rolling last week, the 'downtown' communities that have had 'supermarkets' the traditional sense, if you please...have had...supermarkets. Loblaws, Sobeys, Metro, Dominion, Tesco, Somerville, Sainsbury... That's what I'm looking for.

I realize that 'some' people want an 'avante-garde', alternative, 'hipster' (I actually hate that label) business in the core, but if we're talking some kind of store tied into my correspondents were pretty much in agreement with...then it's gonna be a 'major'.

But two things:

In being motivated in getting dialogue started from the beginning, I totally ignored the $650,000 'prize' aspect. Wasn't really on my radar. So I'm not even interested in that discussion, to be honest. However...

The second thing is that my thrust was a community co-op.

The kind that Sean Burak put me onto, here:

Now, that maybe conforms to the 'alternative' approach to a supermarket that some are more attached to. And under those circumstances, I could get on-board with the 'bounty' money. (I'd call it 'seed money for neighbourhood engagement') I covered this in the piece I linked to in my initial comment.

But for me, the dialogue continues:

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