Portland's neighborhood plan and Louisville Metro's Cornerstone 2020 note the importance of historic structures in neighborhood revitalization. Having lost many to demolition, Portland is committed to protecting what remains. Corner stores like the Cavalier are unique symbols of Portland’s mercantile tradition, and a time when local merchants were the life-force of neighborhoods where one resided near work, shopping areas and entertainment venues. Thus, Portland and other old city neighborhoods were precursors to the sustainable communities to which we now aspire. Destroying a viable structure and displacing an existing business, in favor of another chain dollar store, is the antithesis of smart growth. (FYI-There are currently four Family Dollar Stores and two Dollar General Stores within 1-2.15 miles. More are under consideration. )
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