Re: “Council right to be cautious about proposed Walmart” (editorial, 9-2).
We applaud The News Tribune for supporting the reasoned and thoughtful approach pursued by our City Council’s slow-down approach. The council acted with reasonable and prudent deliberation with respect to the proposal for a big-box Walmart development for the Tacoma Elks’ property bounded by South Union Avenue and South Cedar and 23rd streets.
There is no objection to competition; in fact, we applaud it. However, the assertion that this is a “jobs” project fails the smile test. That same type of neighborhood retail businesses exist across the street (plus a few additional specialty shops which depend on their location to the current high volumes generated by the Top Foods and Target stores).
It is also quite certain that traffic impacts in the area need evaluation. If, as the developers say, this is a jobs project, then we might expect traffic in the area to double. Even if the traffic does not double, the impact of a 150,000-square-foot retail center on traffic needs to be evaluated, since it would appear that different and probably disruptive patterns would be created.
Finally, if we are going to create jobs, lets make them meaningful ones that give folks an opportunity to earn a sufficiently significant wage so that they can support their families and educate their children.