Over 125 neighbors, business people and allied partners in the effort to find an alternative to the proposed big box store on NE 82nd and Siskiyou rallied together on Saturday, February 17 to show their solidarity to preserving neighborhood livability. Rally attendees brought along their children, dogs, fellow neighbors and friends, showing the strong community ties of the neighborhood's diverse population. Numerous students from nearby Madison High School were also present, showing their concern over such a large development across from their school.
Citing anxiety about increased traffic, safety of nearby students at schools, and economic damage to local shopping districts, the rally gathered at Glenhaven Park to hear neighborhood leaders speak about the Big Box permit application process and the status of the current proposal. Leaders also pumped up the crowd and vowed to find a positive solution for finding a win-win solution for both the land owner and the neighborhood.