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Old 10-13-2011, 01:13 PM
 
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I don't know if a thread was started about this but what do you guys think about it? Seems to be a great idea but not really in-line with the Shirlington crowd. I know they have the fancy wal-marts but I never thought of Wally World in walking distance of an independent theater (my 2 cents).

New Walmart in Shirlington? Some are concerned about impact - WTOP.com
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Old 10-13-2011, 01:20 PM
 
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I don't know if a thread was started about this but what do you guys think about it? Seems to be a great idea but not really in-line with the Shirlington crowd. I know they have the fancy wal-marts but I never thought of Wally World in walking distance of an independent theater (my 2 cents).

New Walmart in Shirlington? Some are concerned about impact - WTOP.com

leaving aside, if we can, concerns about walmarts sourcing, labor policies etc and keeping to an urban planning angle - I think the idea of a mixed use Walmart as mentioned could make sense - a pure single story big box with a huge parking lot would not seem an ideal use in that location.
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Old 10-13-2011, 02:52 PM
 
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leaving aside, if we can, concerns about walmarts sourcing, labor policies etc and keeping to an urban planning angle - I think the idea of a mixed use Walmart as mentioned could make sense - a pure single story big box with a huge parking lot would not seem an ideal use in that location.
Yeah, a typical wal-mart, particularly in that location would not be good. IMO
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Old 10-13-2011, 08:46 PM
 
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I don't think its the world's worst idea. South Arlington is a mixed income area. There are plenty of low income folks who would appreciate a Walmart.
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Old 10-14-2011, 12:08 AM
 
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Absolutely horrible idea. Shirlington was developed to have a certain "feel" that WalMart would destroy. There are plenty of shops in South Arlington -- away from Shirlington -- that cater to low-income folks or ethnic groups already.

Just how much green space do we have to give up for the "pleasure" of having a WalMart within walking distance of some of the apartments, say, that are on George Mason across from Shirlington? Several of which were converted to upscale townhouses.

And if I read that article correctly, they are considering new housing units as part of that mixed-use concept? Just who would want to live someplace where WalMart is your neighbor? I don't even want to live within site of a Target.

Trying to create walkable communities where you don't need to jump in your car to go get milk is one thing. Urban planning, well, Arlington already succeeded in creating an all-in-one community in Shirlington, and WalMart is just a bit too late to come-a-knockin.'
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Old 10-14-2011, 12:45 AM
 
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And if I read that article correctly, they are considering new housing units as part of that mixed-use concept? Just who would want to live someplace where WalMart is your neighbor? I don't even want to live within site of a Target.
Is not Walmart like a modern-day Sears Roebuck (minus the catalog business, but more in-tune to what consumers want today). Sears was an anchor in Clarendon for decades and coexisted nicely with the established residential neighborhoods. It defined the eastern part of Clarendon's then middle class retail landscape.

Walmart moving into Shirlington within a mixed-use development is a great idea. The neighborhood hasn't had a "department store" since since Best & Co closed almost 15 years ago. And now Shirlington residents will be able to shop for groceries, cheap clothes, and gadgets, etc. in one trip without having to drive to the Target in Skyline. Imagine a five minute walk from your apartment to Walmart's new urban concept store. If the project is designed right, it could be a successful prototype. I went to a Walmart once--the urban multilevel one in South LA, and it was a decent store. The store was a retrofit of the old May Co. Dept Store. The Walmart even had escalator for the shopping carts.
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Old 10-14-2011, 06:22 AM
 
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I personally would be turned off if I lived in or was contemplating moving to Shirlington. Walmart should spin off a new brand if it wants to have urban concept stores because I (and a lot of other people) associate Walmart with rural poor. I know it's not that bad but it doesn't fit in at all with the rest of Shirlington.
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:21 PM
 
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Thumbs down. The stores Bailey's Crossroads can accompany those who insist on shopping at those types of establishments. South Arlington, especially Shirlington, is not as 'mixed use' as perceived in the article or by those who are making the observations. Even if you do have a mixed community on mixed incomes, one should not assume that it would be welcomed. It would be a detriment to the 'feel' of the Shirlington community, which I do not think had big-box stores in its sights (and if it did - would they not have done this already?).
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