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TACOMA: What should have happened instead of Walmart

Letter by Richard E. Waltman, Tacoma on May 8, 2012 at 9:30 am with 20 Comments »
May 8, 2012 9:30 am

Now that we are stuck with a Walmart store that we don’t need and that will have a negative impact on the area, here is what should have happened: MultiCare and Columbia Bank should have purchased the Elks property and turned it into a park, playground and green space.

How nice that would have been. Sorry I didn’t have enough cash to buy it myself.


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  1. Ortingmom says:

    Nice of you to spend others money…

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  3. LornaDoone says:

    I’m glad to know that nature is going to the highest bidder

    Maybe Bain Capital can buy it and bankrupt it

  4. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Parks are nice, so are a tax base and jobs.

  5. dtacoma says:

    Walmart will have a negative impact on the area? More than the graffiti, potholes, foreclosed homes, and gangbangers?

    With the problems Tacoma has simply providing basic city services, a retailer that will draw in customers from outside the city limits should be welcomed. And at least the Walmart will turn a profit, which is more than can be said for the convention center.

  6. BlaineCGarver says:

    The only neg. impact WallyWorld has is to offend snobs….

  7. Theefrinker says:

    People who have a problem with Walmart seem to also have a hard time explaining what the problem is with Walmart.

  8. BigSwingingRichard says:

    Maybe Obama should have bought it with money borrowed from foreign investors to be repaid by our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

  9. LornaDoone says:

    “concernedtacoma7 says:
    May 8, 2012 at 12:10 pm Parks are nice, so are a tax base and jobs.”

    Said for a company that sells exclusively foreign made goods.

  10. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    We need Walmart in Tacoma. So many in the area can’t qualify for any other job more complex than a Walmart door greeter. The Tacoma kids can’t read, write or do math so flipping burger and working Walmart is their future. Face it folks our school system has produced a generation of mostly dumb kids and without Walmart we will be feeding them. Thanks Walmart.

    Have you been to Moses Lake lately? The shoppers at Walmart there look like Tacoma shoppers. Thank goodness they don’t have to make change.

  11. LornaDoone says:

    “BigSwingingRichard says:
    May 8, 2012 at 1:12 pm Maybe Obama should have bought it with money borrowed from foreign investors to be repaid by our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.”

    The majority of which was borrowed by Bush.

  12. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Parks pay property taxes? How many people are employed by a park (even when you have to clean up after/protect the population from #ows)?

    What a joke.

  13. averageJoseph says:

    I will be one of the first in line for the new store. I wonder how much of the food workers union dues will be paid to non-union labor ready thugs…

  14. averageJoseph says:

    … the professional picketers that hate freedom and capitalism.

  15. RLangdon says:

    My God! Some of you people act like Wal-Mart is the Anti-Christ or something.

    It’s only a store. A stinking retail store. What is the problem with that. Would it make any difference if they built a Target, or K-Mart, or Top Foods at that same location? No! But those of you complaining now because they are building Wal-Mart there, would never have said or written a thing if it had been a Target!

    What is your friggin hang-up with Wal-Mart?

  16. tree_guy says:

    Is this letter to the editor some kind of joke?

  17. nonstopjoe says:

    People who object to Walmart are more than welcome to shop elsewhere – Metropolitan Market, for instance.

  18. Theefrinker says:

    ( sigh )…. Only a degenerative fool could take a letter about WalMart and make it about what Faux News says about Obama…

  19. You mean you didn’t know that Wal-Mart has become the symbol of the conservatism in the eyes of partisan idealogues?

    Speaking of demolition of the old…I would love to know how UP residents can rid themselves of the eyesore at the corner of 27th and Grandview? A nice walking park would be a Godsend in place of the ghetto strip mall that is there now. And for the record, I DO hope they don’t replace it with a Wal-Mart…or a Walgreens. We’ve enough places all selling the same products as it is.

  20. alindasue says:


    That “ghetto strip mall” at 27th and Grandview used to be a major shopping center. I grew up two blocks from there. Food King was there seemingly “forever” until my early teens and then Mark-it Foods came in. There was also a major furniture store and a clothing store. I got my hair cut at the same barber shop there that my mom went to when she was a kid. We’d go to the Dairy Queen there for ice cream and the hardware store (Ace?) for tools.

    The Carter and Reagan years were not kind to that neighborhood. Stores that had been open for generations closed down during that recession. Sadly, the shopping center never seemed to fully recover after that.

    Given the preponderance of apartment complexes that have sprung up around there since I left, it would be a good place to build a Safeway or something like that. I don’t think the space is big enough for a Walmart… but it might be. The traffic access, away from most major thoroughfares, wouldn’t support it though.

    The place has been under cement and asphalt for generations – too long for it to be made into a decent walking park without spending a massive amount of money that University Place currently doesn’t have to spend.

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