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July 31, 2006

Walgreens vs. NW Carrollton

Filed under: Civic Blogging,Community Planning,New Orleans — Tags: , , — Morwen Madrigal @ 1:19 pm

This message is relayed in support of the NW Carrollton Association:

As you all know we have been fighting a bad design for a Walgreens on the corner of Claiborne and Carrollton.
We believe the request Walgreens has before City Council to allow a big box developer to avoid the zoning ordinances currently in place
for Carrollton and Claiborne will affect the entire city.  It is a question of whether we let big box developers determine the future look and feel of OUR city
whether we let OUR existing (and future) zoning laws determine the look and feel of OUR city. 
Today this issue has reared its head at the corner of Carrollton and Claiborne.
Tomorrow it could be in YOUR neighborhood.
At the last city council meeting our District A Council woman Shelley Midura advised Walgreens that she had studied all sides of the issue and
determined that compromise and alternative solutions were available for this corner.   Walgreens was given until August 3rd to find a win-win solution that adhered to the Carrollton Overlay and to work with the neighborhoods.  So far we have heard nothing from Walgreens. But we heard via the neighborhood grapevine that Walgreens is contacting the other members of the Council in an attempt to do an end run around Shelley Midura’s compromise.
We are requesting that everyone email their District council member and both At Large council members asking them
to support Shelley Midura’s demands that Walgreens adhere to the Carrollton Zoning overlay and work a win-win plan.
At Large - Oliver Thomas 
At Large- Arnie Fielkow
District B  
We also ask that everyone call Walgreens corporate (847) 914-2500 ask for Public Relations and tell them that 
You are calling from New Orleans
and that we don’t want a suburban drug store to be built at a critical urban corner in a historic neighborhood that is on the National Register.   
Our neighborhoods are listed by the National Trust as one of the most endangered places.
We want Walgreens development that respects the urban characteristics of OUR city.
Walgreens has done this cities notably Poland, Ohio, population 2,009!  and Seattle, Washington.
There is no reason why Walgreens can not respect New Orleans and New Orleanians and give something back to our recovering city.
With Sincere Thanks,
Jenel Hazlett
NorthWest Carrollton

1 Comment »

  1. Youngstown Ohio

    I was told Wallgreens opens a new store everyday! Thats crazy!

    Comment by John — June 16, 2008 @ 4:37 pm

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