Thursday, February 22, 2007

Community Divided On Chain Store Issue

by Nao Braverman
Ojai's downtown core currently already has several visible chain stores. But are proliferating chains posing an immediate threat to the community?
At Wednesday night's Planning Commission meeting, commissioners agreed that they are, and promptly requested planning staff to come up with an ordinance that regulates the size of commercial projects in the downtown arcade and surrounding streets.
Community members who attended the meeting were divided on the issue. Kenley Neufeld and Leslie Davis both felt the city should take measures to prevent chain stores from opening downtown before it's too late.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Divided is not even close- we all
know the implications of Ojai losing
it's soul and charm by corporate
outfits shoving aside local business
and are observing this insidious
process worm it's way to downtown.