I just blogged about Hi-Lo closing.
I'm curious, which would you rather, Whole Food or Trader Joe's or what alternatives would you suggest?
How would this benefit our community and who would it hurt?
If we feel strongly about this, we can weigh in. Before we do, we need to carefully take into who our who really represents - and work to ensure all voices are heard.
This post was edited to after feedback from the comments at 7:38 pm.
I don't know if Whole Foods would put Harvest out of business though, as the other Harvest has a Whole Foods just down the street and seems to do okay.
I totally vote for Trader Joe's most lower middle class and poor families cannot afford to shop at Whole Foods.
Although I wish a TJ's would open in the abandoned building in Eggleston SQ on Washingtone street.
I've fantasized about that for awhile. I wish I had the funds to start one.
But I suppose Hyde square would be better than going to Brookline. Is there anyway we could do a survey of the Eggleston neighbors, maybe with Betsy to see what people want?
Sounds like I'm not the only one who drives to Brookline to do a weekly all-in-one big-shop. If I could instead walk to a grocery store, so much the better. My concern is that traffic on Centre St. is already horrible, and a Whole Foods would certainly make it worse. But, that's the bed we've chosen to sleep in -- the community standard seems to be that parking should be free, and when something is free, a lot of people will use it.
Space on our public streets is a very valuable thing. If we really want JP to be a model of walkable, livable urbanism, then we need to tackle that problem. Imagine if, instead of sitting in the same traffic as cars with, in general, one customer in them, the 39, 41, and 48 buses had a dedicated lane that could rapidly move dozens of potential customers at a time to all the stores on Centre and South Sts. To me, that'd be great, but currently, that space is taken up by parked cars.
A bit off-topic, I know, but the parking/traffic issue is sure to be a big part of the transition from Hi-Lo to Whole Foods.
@Robbie - I like that you've pointed out the diversity of our neighborhood isn't represented in this message board, and that all members of the community should have a voice in this dialogue. i'm for it.
i'd also like to say that for me (and I would enjoy the whole foods) it's not just about access to organic foods. yes, there is harvest, city feed, and two farmers markets (available part of the year). but i would probably have to go to all 4 of those aforementioned establishments to get everything i needed for one week because the selection is often very limited. many residents, i would imagine, are limited by time and funds and so the option to purchase all groceries from one plays is a huge plus.
I would be curious to hear from the latino community what they think. if they also shop at stop & shop or no. If they feel as if they will have no place to purchase food anymore. someone mentioned the everyone who did shop at hi-lo will have to schlepp "all the way" down to stop and shop. um, it's a few blocks! and if proximity to place of residence is an issue here - then it certainly won't take away from harvest's business.
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