Rather than debate what organic food store should move in, I'd really like us to explore how to continue to provide the culturally appropriate ingredients that have been vital for many JP residents. Will some local entrepreneur step up to fill in this gap? Can we pressure the new store to carry these items at reasonable prices?
The wonderful diversity of JP is at stake here as this change continues to move us towards two JPs - one that can afford to get in a car and go to multiple shops in and beyond JP to get our organic produce, etc. and one that had a great local spot for ingredients that are difficult to find elsewhere.
We don't have to accept this change without an organized response. We have a history of standing together, JP residents stopped a HIGHWAY from destroying our community in 60s and it's now Southwest Corridor Park. As Margaret Mead so eloquently stated, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."