I was told that the dollar stores tend to have the best prices on candy. Isn't it great that residents can get the most empty calories for the buck. Well, I guess at least the walk to and from the store is good!
Malls and plazas throughout Monroe County have some kind of discount store similar to the Dollar General. Some even have a Dollar General. Yet after seeking many vendors including Price Rite and Aldi, the only vendor that showed interest was The Dollar General. Yet Dollar General in this location has become a negative connotative stereotype cliche of a soundbite like others that often is attached to the residents of the Southwest. That is Rochester, New York prior to July 1964 . I remember.
So many zoning decisions have been made to the detriment of residents in the Southwest including blocking access to Genesee Valley Park to the benefit of the rich university students across the river. This barring included the Rochester Music Fest. It was a n anticipated event by the residents of 14608, 14609, 14611, 14619... zip codes in inner city Rochester. Present was entire families sitting in the coolness of the tree shaded Genesee Valley Park. The Rochester Music Fest fell to sabotage and was placed in a hot cement arena similar to the heat in the cotton fields. Genesee Valley Park was handed over to a land grabber for the rich students and their families on the other side of the river. That is Mississippi and Alabama of the 1950's.
Over 20 years the property has been designated possible historical. Yet not until there was hope of the residents of Southwest Rochester having a grocery store did anyone care about or seek to preserve it as a historical site.
Thus with the residents of the Southwest are in a crisis when it comes to attainable and affordable places to purchase groceries. Even those of us who have cars must drive a distance as to areas like Jefferson Road to purchase fresh food at affordable prices. The Southwest has endured the loss of an A&P, Star Markets, IGA and Wegmans grocery stores. We are left with an out of the way overprice grocer on West Avenue. Yet there is a desire to build more housing and not a grocer, I am a resident, I have a house. I do not have a local grocer.
The success in bringing a grocery story to the area would say Rochester has grown from July 1964. It will tell minority children in the City of Rochester, that they too can be successful. Success with say that they matter more than preserving the history of a social club which has long since moved off South Avenue. Success will say that the City of Rochester is zoned to keep them and not let them fall to re-gentrification as recent decisions suggest. Time will tell.
This is typical of Democratics.
The real change-- the only change--that came with the Obama presidency was malaise. Obama winning meant Democrats could go into a deep sleep. Democrats seemed oblivious to the lack of action in Obama's first year when he wasted the Democratic majority in the House & Senate.
The exact same thing happened with the Carter presidency. Carter was not an ineffective president. The American public was ineffective as " we the people". With Carter, we elected him and immediately abandoned him.
I am always engaged. Those around me, not so much.
We must preserve our historic landmarks. It is what makes our community unique and in a position to attract attention and commerce. Building a "discount grocery store" is another way of saying "dollar store" and should be of great shame to Marvin Maye who seeks money over the communities desires and best interests. Join me in saying NO! Sign my petition and let city counsel and local government know exactly how you feel. https://www.change.org/petitions/help-susa…
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