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Stop New Seasons?? Neighborhood Meeting on Land Use Announced

New Seasons Concerns Neighborhood Meeting announced for Wed August 13, 7PM @ the Red and Black (22nd and Division). All are welcome to learn about Land Use, the City's Comprehensive plan, zoning changes, and the process of a Land-use hearing.
Portland, OR--

New Seasons Concerns Neighborhood Meeting announced for Wed August 13, 7PM @ the Red and Black (22nd and Division). All are welcome to learn about Land Use, the City's Comprehensive plan, zoning changes, and the process of a Land-use hearing.

In light of all the interest in New Seasons's plans to build a store in our neighborhood, HAND neighborhood Land Use Chair will be present to explain the process of a land-use hearing. If you have concerns about New Seasons (whether for traffic safety issues, gentrification issues,threats to local businesses, zoning irregularities, the destruction of a historic property, the location of dumpsters, etc) but want to learn how to articulate them effectively to the hearing officials, then please attend. If you want to hear what your neighbors' concerns are, then please attend. If you want to build a movement of local neighborhood activism, then please attend.

The Land Use hearing on New Seasons proposed building will happen 9AM Monday August 18th at 1900 SW 4th Av, 3rd floor hearing room. This is open to the public, who may give testimony. They also will accept written letters, petitions, graphic materials etc.

Whether you are interested in the New Seasons, bicycles, condos, gentrification, or other land use issues, it is an educational experience to attend these meetings and witness how these decisions that affect our neighborhoods are made. All activists are encouraged to activate themselves and make their voices heard.

Clarification 05.Aug.2003 16:35

Land Use Guy

This meeting is also a good forum for people to learn how to support New Seasons' proposal.

Good Point Land Use Guy - Show Support! 06.Aug.2003 09:45

Laurel V.

I'll be there to show my support for New Seasons coming to SE. Why let a few radicals speak for "our neighborhood"? I personally don't know anyone (my family, friends and neighbors) who is against the New Seasons opening on 20th and Division. All the people I have spoken too are excited about the New Seasons coming to the neighborhood and welcome the improvement and development of the vacant corner. My three year old is even excited for the New Seasons to open - every time we bike or stroll by the vacant lot, she says where is the New Sizzin? PEACE.

fiddling while rome burns 06.Aug.2003 12:43

se pdx resident

to Laurel: the world is in quite a state these days. global climate change caused by industrialism is threatening species and agriculture, and causing droughts and floods. consumerism run amok in this country has led to the dissolution of community and cooperation. greed disguised as "choices" is making a monoculture of big box stores and corporate control. the only way out of this mess -- which is driving the whole world toward extinction -- is to create alternative modes of living, working, eating, etc. we really can't afford this lifestyle of "choices" that we have, and need to hunker down and do what's good for us. fortunately, what's good for us is also spiritually satisfying, physically enriching, and leads to community and freedom. however, the places, like People's Co-op, that are brave enough to experiment with new models, are constantly under assault from places like New Seasons that might sound/feel from their marketing like they're doing the right thing, but actually aren't. People's is "food for people not profit". New Seasons is definitely for profit, and while it might be a locally owned business right now, the word from inside is that Brian Rohter plans to sell the chain so he has something to retire on. Nature's of which he was previously general manager, has been taken over by a national corporation. the same is likely to happen to New Seasons, and we'll be stuck with a company that sucks profits out of our community and puts them somewhere else. i'll say it again: these models are not working; they are destroying the world, slowly but surely (and it could also be suddenly, soon) and unless we invest ourselves in alternatives like People's and reject chimeras like New Seasons, we will be on the wrong side of the battle and digging our own grave.

the "choices" presented by New Seasons, Natures, and corporate whole foods stores are not really choices at all. they're just providing a sunnier face on an ugly system, a system which will suck us and the planet dry unless we resist it.

please reconsider your position; think of the rest of the world, not just yourself.

Wild Oats vs. Whole Earth UBER ALLES!!! 06.Aug.2003 13:55

spiroknavenine

Hey all you bored nitpicking health nut grocery store freaks. Get real, get a life, and shut the fuck up.

None of you have managed to explain why New Seasons isn't any more snobbier or snooty than any other similar business in your neighborhood.

No matter where you go around here, conventional steroid loaded hamburger is still pennies on the dollar of tempeh.

If you don' t like New Seasons, don't shop there.

Food4less, Winco, Grocery Outlet, Dollar tree, are right down the road.

Thinking for Yourself 06.Aug.2003 16:50

Will set You Free

Thanks SE PDX for your right on comment!

However, the next author, the Food For Less Spiro, asks a question that we should all know the answer for...

Why is food so cheap? It's not-- it's artificially subsidized!

Follow the bloody red path of the crap that passes for food, include all the petroleum miles, environmental degradation, labor abuse etcetera and you will learn that YOU ARE BEING LIED TO!

It sucks we often do not have the kind of cash to support things we believe in, but don't fool yourself thinking that McDonalds is the food of the people. It's the food of the slave! Wake up and stop insulting people. You asshole!

My Choice is New Seasons - SE PDX 06.Aug.2003 17:33

Laurel V.

I usually don't repond to wishy, washy posts, but SE PDX you are so off base that I had to affirm to you my choice of supporting New Seasons in our neighborhood. Your only argument against New Seasons is that they are a company that strives to make a profit....Oh how could they do that! I can't believe they are selling their products for higher than they buy them so they can pay their employees wages and benefits, donate to the community, maintain their stores and actually support the local economy. They should be ashamed of themselves. SE PDX you have some issues you really need to deal with, sorry. PEACE.

Buying Local vs Buying Organic 07.Aug.2003 08:17

logically thinking

Nobody has addressed the issue that is obvious to anyone who shops at New Seasons... the Concept of buying locally, thinking globally is addressed in a big way by New Seasons. There is more local produce available at New Seasons than any other store I have yet seen, except the farmer's markets. They support the local farmers and provide local meat at an affordable price, as well as organic free range foods, from eggs to other meat products. Those who eat meat should have a choice where they buy it, and should prioritize local farmers to keep this failing economy as strong as possible. Although Fred Meyer is also responding to the requests to have local foods available, New Seasons has gone all the way to make this local stuff available. it is not possible for People's to support local farmers in this way, since their members only want People's to carry organic produce.

Face it, those loyal to People's will continue to shop there, except for things that aren't available there, or that they can't afford. And the Farmer's Market at People's will definitely benefit from this store going in. This niche is definitely needed in SE. Just like we should all be supporting the tactics of all those who are working toward creating a better world, we also should be supporting the businesses who bring a greater awareness and a choice to buy local foods... To create such a negative vibe around a store will only polarize folks who right now should be working together to create a better future for the generations who have little to look forward to or hope for... If I were raising a kid in SE, or expecting a baby, I'd be happy that I might be able to walk to a store with affordable local food and a good selection of the other things that I need...

Think of the alternatives. I can't think of a better one actually.

Logically Thinking Makes a Point 07.Aug.2003 08:49

Will set You Free

In that light you are correct and I'm searching for a rebutal, but have nothing to say. Local is the only route I take and I can't shun your thoughts as they are in support of the goal. Your quote "Just like we should all be supporting the tactics of all those who are working toward creating a better world, we also should be supporting the businesses who bring a greater awareness and a choice to buy local foods... To create such a negative vibe around a store will only polarize folks who right now should be working together to create a better future for the generations who have little to look forward to or hope for... " I must come true and say I have never been to a New Seasons store, but if what you say is true then let the folks open their store and I can judge them for myself. We cannot be slaves to our food, but how can we be set free? Buy local or better yet...grow it.

Buying local makes sense 07.Aug.2003 09:11

When it makes sense...

I am all in favor of buying local... supporting a local economy, decreasing dependance on the transportation of goods BUT think about it---local agriculture that still uses pesticides and messes up our environment shouldn't be supported simply because they are local. We ought to support services or purchase goods based on their actual impacts not according to ungrounded dogma. New Seasons does have a lot of local organic agricultural produce available. Good for them-- common sense, no? But they have a lot more business as usual Coca cola RJR Nabisco Monsanto crap. Sooooo they New Seasons is like green oreo-- environmentally green on the outside, but motivated by making dollars on the inside.

But I don't even think this is the issue. People should shop according to their own values. Use those dollars like votes, folks! The bigger concern I have is-- it's the unprecedanted size of the store that will make it the largest building on Division, bringing in traffic, fumes, and heat to an already overstressed and dangerous to bikes and peds infrastructure.

Peace

Don't Worry, Be Happy 08.Aug.2003 13:18

Victor

Don't worry, be happy. It will all be fine