- New Orleans City Council
- United States of America
New Orleans is one of the few places left where a local economy and small retailers still thrive. This has helped create the unique character and culture of our city.
The proposed national big box retail development in the Mid-City and Bayou St. John neighborhoods would destroy our small local businesses, ruin our local economy and create a traffic nightmare.
There are many empty shopping malls and strip malls in areas that would welcome a big box retail development because it would help revitalize their neighborhood. In the Mid-City/Bayou St. John neighborhoods, however, this kind of retail development threatens the quaint, small town character, ambiance and culture of these neighborhoods and would drive a stake through the heart of our city.
As the Times Picayune article said, big box retailers have been looking for entry into our city "to expand from the suburbs into the urban core". This is not just about the Mid-City and Bayou St. John neighborhoods, this is a “Battle for New Orleans“.
We, the undersigned, call on the members of the New Orleans City Council, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and recovery director Ed Blakely to take all necessary steps to stop the big box retail development in the Mid-City and Bayou St. John neighborhoods proposed by Victory Real Estate Investments, LLC.
We the undersigned do not want any big box retailers in this neighborhood.
The Stop Big Box Retail in Mid-City/Bayou St. John petition to New Orleans City Council was written by Veda M. Manuel and is in the category City & Town Planning at GoPetition.