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.