The Greensboro rededication movement turns right into a passionate dialogue in regards to the metropolis’s development | Native information
GREENSBORO – What seemed like a simple application for reallocation of apartments and a supermarket on South Elm-Eugene Street sparked a passionate discussion on Tuesday about the quality of growth in the southeast of the city.
In the end, the city council voted 5: 4 against the project.
The project’s potential impact on nearby single-family neighborhoods and the message it sends out about development in lower-income parts of Greensboro were discussed by councilors Sharon Hightower, Goldie Wells and Mayor Pro Tem Yvonne Johnson.
And while only four residents opposed the reallocation, council members broke the details for most of the hour-long reallocation case.
Hightower argued that a convenience store doesn’t send the right message about good nutrition. Likewise, a residential complex does not encourage home ownership.
These two things, she said, are not common in other parts of the city and should be discouraged.
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“Economic justice is what we want,” said Hightower. “We want the same standards that apply across the city. This is not the best use of the land. We have to start connecting our churches and they are doing it all over the city. “
Wells was also convinced that the planned development could have a negative impact on the people who live nearby, adding that there is no shortage of convenience stores in the area.