Friday, October 19, 2007

Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum ...

Stratfordis non habemus Walmart!

This is a day or two late, but huge kudos to the city council in Stratford, Ontario for deciding to say no to a rezoning that would have allowed Walmart to come to the tourist and auto parts manufacturing centre, in the east side of the city -- right smack dab in the Festival district. As one resident put it, first the downtown stores catering to the locals would have gone; then the shops catering to tourists -- and then the Stratford Festival itself.

This doesn't mean the end -- there's still a proposal to put the store in the west end, well away from where most of the tourist traffic comes from; but score one for common sense.

Yes, I do shop at Walmart. And I'm not against anyone doing business so long as it is legal. But like those shops that sell and show sexually explicit films there are places to put them and not to put them.

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