Dear Supporters, I want to thank everyone who took the time to sign our petition. It is amazing to think that the signatures of a little less than 400 people changed the minds of a large corporate organization like Dollar General. This was a complicated situation with a great number of factors at play, and our petition was one small "straw" in this complicated situation. Maybe "the last straw" that made them change their mind. So while we can be glad Dollar General may not be looking at the property at this moment, that piece of property is still available for development by any number of other chains or types of businesses. This does not allow me to rest easy. And so I feel (and I hope others do as well) we must continue to pursue every option to find a lasting solution for our entire historic neighborhood. Our work is not done; and if we think it is, we will be right back in this same boat next year, or the year after that, or the year after that! We intend to keep www.savepsd.com active as our goal is still to save PSD and the Poplar Springs Road Historic District. We will continue to post updates and news about what is going on in the neighborhood, how the mayor's committee is progressing, and links to news and events about our historic district. This petition made a huge difference in the future of this neighborhood, now it is time for the neighborhood to step up and take control of its own future. Thank you, Sarah Johnson
I live on Poplar Springs Drive in the Poplar Springs Historic District, and Dollar General store is planning to build a new store on the old car wash lot that abuts the Poplar Springs Historic District and the Mid-Town Historic District. When we bought this house we made a commitment to live here until we die. But this petition is important to all residents of Meridian, all residents of Mississippi, and even Americans who just love the South and all it represents. The Poplar Springs Historic District and the Mid Town Historic District are national treasures recognized and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is our duty to protect these places in every way we can. This store in this location is a threat to our history and our culture. Dollar General is chipping away at our way of life and everything that living and breathing in the South means by building in our historic districts.
On a less emotional level the location of Dollar General in this particular place will:
>have negative impacts on the property values by creating an eyesore
>will increase light pollution in a residential area where people sleep
>will increase traffic in a residential area where children walk and ride bikes
>and create safety and crime issues
Dollar General is open 364 days every year. These conditions will exist continuously from the time this store opens. These are just the practical consequences of this building project.
Dollar General has a place in Meridian. They have several locations that appear to be thriving and everyone is happy when a business is thriving, but our historic districts are designated to be protected. There are many other locations with empty lots and high traffic. The City Council and Dollar General need to find a location that will make all of Meridian happy—a place that does not threaten the future of our historic properties and create more commercial creeping crud.
Before you decide to sign or not sign this petition take a minute and imagine yourself stepping out of the shower in the morning and seeing a Dollar General store every single day. Imagine yourself after a hard day's work walking out on your deck to enjoy a cold glass of iced-tea and instead of a quiet city street and children riding bikes, your view is a Dollar General store parking lot. Is this the future you want for your historic districts? If we don't protect our history, who will?
p.s. The Comprehensive Plan of the City of Meridian, Mississippi 2009 is available at http://www.meridianms.org/ComprehensivePlan080510.pdf or do a search for Meridian MS comprehensive plan 2009.