Voice of the People
True, this area is saturated with Wal-Mart stores and other Big Box
retailers. For those that wish to ignore the far reaching negative impact a
Wal-Mart would have only need to wake up to the fact that in Wal-Martís
business plan, your dollars belongs to them and they have the power to sell
at a loss to insure they get every single one.
The real point that everyone needs to be concerned with is the idea of
development for the sake of developers. The fact that most every developer
doing work in this area is not held to the same standards of design and
execution as they would be if they were building in certain upscale
neighborhoods in Chicago or the northern suburbs is troubling. I think this
is a demonstrable fact. We get no respect because we do not demand respect.
While the town has made some movements to gain some control over these types
of developments, it has not been nearly as bold, creative or far reaching as
hoped. It is realized that some type of development could be built in what
is now three distinct areas bordering 49 on the south side. What will be
built is the question? What is certain is the first project to be approved
will have tremendous impact on what will certainly follow. Do we want
Chesterton to be a unique destination for higher end shopping that will
compliment the town and its charm? A non-urbanized haven for small to mid
sized companies in which to build and grow? Or is the town so desperate to
build something, anything, that we are willing to settle for what scraps are
shoved under the door?
John and Brenda Swibes