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@Park Sloper- None- zero- of the places listed in this article are in Park Slope. They are all fully ensconced in Windsor Terrace.
As an active member of Green Beans, Not Walgreens I can assure you the fight is far from over and is still in full swing. You are correct that we are not buying what Walgreens is now saying which basically amounts to empty words. If anything, it is encouraging us that we are having a significant impact as a disruptive force into their business as usual attitude in Windsor Terrace. When official representatives from Walgreens decide to step up and meet with us, community leaders and elected officials and lay out their exact plans in writing, we at that point will decide if they are going far enough to meet the needs of our neighborhood. We certainly will not settle for anything even close to their Bay Ridge stor business model. We will not settle for a convenience store.
We will rest when we have a full-blown grocery store with appropriate, necessary and healthy fresh food options.
wt11218 has it all wrong yet again. This was never a publicity stunt and "media desert" does not mean the fight is not continuing. This was also not started merely by an outcry of seniors without cars. I'm guessing that wt11218 has not been to one community meeting on this since he doesn't understand what is going on. He/she completely misses the point by mentioning all of the supermarkets that do and will surround Windsor Terrace. He/she doesn't understand what it means to be part of community and what to help neighbors and improve the very neighborhood they live in. Nor do they want their identity know. I suspect like in the Wizard of Oz, this person will be revealed to either be a Walgreens shill or just one of the plethora of Americans that care enough to complain with the outcome but not be bothered to vote believing the inevetable will happen anyway.
@wt11218- I understand your (and other's) skepticism of the politicians. I hardly have any reason or evidence to dispute it. However, based on what Marty has said, Key Food (which is a franchised co-op) was looking to keep that space and other supermarkets as well were very interested. Of course, they couldn't pony up the bucks that Mr. Geller wanted or that Walgreens could offer. Yes, groceries are very low margin which is why Walgreens is not in that business and is why they can pay big money for real estate.
However, we have a somewhat unique situation in a unique metropolitan neighborhood.
Geography and circumstance have created a need for a food supermarket in that particular location.
The majority of people do not have a problem with Walgreens per se.
The problem is that Walgreens has miscalculated their business model in this situation. As I pointed out to their regional rep at the first community meeting: yes, groceries are low margin and drugs are high. However, we are handing them a monopoly on a silver platter. We need, we are begging, for a grocery store. How are they not going to make money selling fresh food that we are demanding vs. doing business as usual which is going to be boycotted? Any business' model is to make money. The best companies adapt. So far, they being the perfect example of giant corporate scum that is the problem with this country.
We are here to be the smack in the face that wakes them up to the reality that is Windsor Terrace.
Also, what is it with people that are so afraid to sign online comments and stand up for what they are spouting?
Thank you for a thorough article and capturing the importance of this issue. We have only begun to fight. www.GreenBeansNotWalgreens.org
So far, this makes for good, flashy PR for the MTA. Let's see how it is in practice. Ads are fine if they don't interfere with the information. Also, it needs to be more timely than the website- detailed information on delays, interruptions or changes needs to be shown within no more than 5 minutes of it taking place.
I don't have much confidence- the F train still has announcements and electronic sign references to the non-existent V train. Are they really that inept? (Don't answer that as it it's obvious.)
Sorry, but politicians that pass laws that are not realistic and certainly not enforceable do none of us any favors. What's the saying- the road to hell is paved with good intentions?
Now, if she can get entire streets dedicated solely to bikes, skates, Segways, then we're talking. I don't even use any of these but would be more than happy to see it happen.
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