Tuesday, November 9, 2010

How does Economic Development Work in Chatham?

This was a question that our reader Che' menju posted on another blog. This is a serious and highly debated question.
"So what ever happen to the economic plan for Chatham. I mean bringing in businesses representative of maintaining the status of the community. There is so much talk about WalMart. What's wrong with Meijer? Did anyone try to get them? How would the community know? What happened to Barnes&Noble?

What is the process for approaching these businesses? Is there a committee headed by the alderman and reps of community organizations?

It appears as though we just wait for whomever to come into the community and then we react by saying there is nothing we can do about it and they didn't have to tell us. Is that how Beverly, HydePark, north side and other communities political and community organizations react? Seriously, tell me how this process is suppose to work."
What is "economic development"? Who is responsible, residents, community organizations, politicians, etc?

Are the businesses coming into our community bringing a criminal element with them? Why are convenience stores, greasy spoons, dollar stores, etc flocking to our community?

What is your take on the situation?

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