Letter: Cities need to look for something besides Walmart


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Posted Online: Dec. 11, 2012, 1:42 pm
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Whoopie! The City of Rock Island has snagged yet another Walmart for the Illinois Quad-Cities! How many Walmarts does that make within a 10 mile radius of the Illinois Q-C, four?

Oh yes, and lets not forget the new Fareway grocery that's going to be opening up a block away from Hy-Vee on 18th Avenue in Rock Island, the one that they're tearing down the beautiful old Audubon School building for.
I understand the need for jobs and tax revenue, but why can't the Illinois Q-C attract some other kinds of businesses?

I know a lot of people would love to see a Michaels, or Hobby Lobby, Barnes & Noble, maybe some of the wonderful restaurants that can only be found in Iowa right now, such as Red Lobster, Olive Garden, or Outback Steakhouse.
Why is NorthPark Mall thriving, while SouthPark Mall is emptying out? Every time I travel to one of the aforementioned Iowa businesses, I see quite a few cars with Illinois license plates.

If you would like to see Illinoisans spend their money here in the Illinois QC, city councils here on the Illinois side need to start working to attract some businesses other than Walmart.

Until we get some of those Iowa-located businesses here in Illinois, I for one, will continue to spend my money on the Iowa side of the Quad-Cities.

Dawn Eddleman,
Rock Island

















 




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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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