Monday, February 21, 2011

Going Backwards

I was more than slightly disturbed to read this quote about a possible Co-op opening in Durham in August 2012:

"Unless people suddenly build 5,000 housing units in the area, [foot traffic] is not how we're going to succeed," Moffitt says. "Where we're going to succeed is by building a business where people will drive from all over Durham to shop."

These guys want to build a 10,000 sq-ft store where corner stores have a tough time surviving. Why feed into the car-centric model if you don't have to? A 1,500 sq-ft store for a tenth of the price (the project is slated at $4.2 million) closer to the heart of Downtown might be more of an immediate asset to the community.

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