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Petition to Chattanooga/Hamilton County Regional Planning Authority, Chattanooga City Council, Erskine Oglesby, Residents of Southside Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain

Grant Zoning change (if necessary) for Publix on South Broad Street

Publix and a local developer wish to build and integrate a brand new grocery store on the land. They have requested a zoning change which would allow them to build in a Suburban form which has the parking in front of the store.... To which we are accustom. The store entrance would face Lookout Mountain. There is opposition to this request based on fears of additional traffic, not being bike friendly, changes to Riverwalk extension, the design would not integrate well and that this addition would put pressure on Food City. We feel that Publix has always shown themselves as a responsible designers that create inviting, aesthetically pleasingly and functional facilities that benefit the areas they open in. Looking at North Chattanooga, the design would be similar and that has become a major asset to that area. We deserve the same opportunity! If the rezoning is not granted we will likely lose this opportunity and will again be passed over for progress on South Broad Street. What will likely be built there will be more 4 story apartments that further cut away into the beauty of the mountain and another piece of the "Scenic City" will be available to only those who can afford the high rise condo/apartment. The representative for Publix was very clear at the St. Elmo neighborhood meeting in May that the "UGC" urban design code currently zoned is simply not feasible as it restricts the size available to build by less than half the size they need of 32,000 square feet to build the proposed complex. We believe that Publix and the zoning variation should be granted. With the assistance of traffic engineers, the riverwalk designers and Publix we have faith that this would be a valuable asset and lifeline to the residents surrounding South Broad Street. Looking around the country at Publix facilities you will see that they are well maintained, well paying and economically beneficial to the communities they choose to be part of.   Pushing away a potential like this for not only St. Elmo but, Alton Park, Lookout Valley and the thousands of commuters and tourists, due to a zoning issue (that has so far not been developed under in this area) is sending a clear message that we are not willing to compromise toward or accept progress here. And that is a dangerous and irresponsible message that could have dire consequences for this areas future. We must think of all our neighbors... There are those of limited mobility, advanced age, restricted transportation and those who simply cannot make the trek up to Food City and would welcome and utilize a reputable, fine grocer such as Publix. In conclusion, we ask that the rezoning request be permitted if there is no way to accommodate existing guidelines and that Publix is allowed to build the best facility that they can offer our side of town. Thank you.

Nicki Treemont
872 supporters
This petition won 2 weeks ago

Petition to Universal Records Philippines, Inc., PolyEast Records Corporation

Allow Universal Records and PolyEast Records to be playable on Spotify Philippines

When Spotify launches in the Philippines last April 2014, the way we consume music gradually changes. Because of music streaming, piracy is expected to decrease from time to time. At the time Spotify is now available in the Philippines, all OPM contents were playable especially from Universal Records Philippines (URP) and PolyEast Records. Few days later, all tracks from them are gone. Those are still available on Spotify database but it is unplayable in the Philippines. Which means if you use a US-based, Singapore-based or Malaysia-based Spotify account, those tracks from two local record labels are playable in the specified country. Other local record labels like Star Music, GMA Records, Viva Records and others are still on Spotify until now including their new releases. Blocking contents from URP and PolyEast on Spotify in the Philippines forces and pushes consumers to go back to piracy. Now all, most or some of our favorite OPM tracks from Parokya ni Edgar, Kamikazee, Sponge Cola, Sam Concepcion, Callalily, Karylle, Kyla, TJ Monterde and others are unplayable in the Philippines. Although there are some contents from URP and PolyEast are playable such as Bamboo's Bless This Mess, Gary Valenciano's Gold and Rico Blanco's Dating Gawi but this is not enough for consumers to be happy with them. Some artists encourage us to use Spinnr, Deezer and Apple Music to stream URP and PolyEast contents but this is not enough for us to use the alternative one. Some users still prefer Spotify because of the user-friendly features and its curated playlist for every mood. All streaming sites pass to the licensing agreement first before making it available to users for listening. Some of them are refused to make it available in some countries, yet some consumers are working for it for fellow consumers to make it available in some countries as well. Removing the restriction from blocking contents from streaming on Spotify in the Philippines will not work solely by me. Complaining to URP and PolyEast about Spotify content availability by myself will not work. They will snub it. In short, "seen-zoned". We need your cooperation. By simply sharing this petition to fellow OPM fans especially who uses Spotify, they will listen to us. Tag their social media accounts especially from artists who has been signed on that respective labels until this petition will be spread like a virus. If URP and PolyEast listen to us but still refuses this request, they must release their respective official statement why they don't allow their artists to stream their contents to Philippine users and only to other countries where Spotify is available. Whether they will allow it for not, I would like to thanks all of you for your cooperation and understanding about this petition. If you have any questions and concerns about this petition, please send me an email to dxedsuckit(at)gmail(dot)com. Your comments and feedbacks are highly appreciated on that, whether you are for or against this petition.

Ian Salazar
51 supporters