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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  Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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