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  •  He's a coward (30+ / 0-)

    and apparently too lazy to work to bring in another retailer like COSTCO.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 11:28:51 AM PDT

    •  Amazing how politicians roll-over so easily. (10+ / 0-)

      Maybe it was a roll over to a mattress that covered some money.  I read about the district selling  a House of a 95 year old over a $134.00 unpaid property tax bill. Someone paid the bill and kicked him out. The House was worth $197,000 in the DC area which means it was in the poor section, but it was well maintained and had no mortgage.

      I have a difficult time with any politician that would not have local laws that would prevent city workers from doing this. I also have a easy time believing that it was no accident that this did happen. There is just too much money in it . City workers search for perfect properties that can be acquired for nothing and pocket a large bird dog fee?  Why not?

      That's why there should be no surprise that City politicians seem to always do things that hurt poor people.

      “ Success has a great tendency to conceal and throw a veil over the evil of men. ” — Demosthenes

      by Dburn on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 12:15:43 PM PDT

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    •  My thoughts exactly. Furthermore, (9+ / 0-)

      he should be thinking about the Districts many small retailers who would get slammed. The District's population is increasing every year. I doubt anybody who can afford to live there is complaining about the lack of Walmart.

      •  Do you know how poor some parts of DC are? (3+ / 0-)
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        The District doesn't end at banks of the Anacostia River. There are a lot of people, especially in Wards 7 and 8, who don't have much money or good shopping options. I'm not thrilled about Wal-Mart comming to the District, but to suggest that it doesn't matter because everyone's rich anyway is shockingly ignorant.

    •  Costco isn't Walmart (4+ / 0-)
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      There was some discussion of this in the other thread.

      Costco charges a membership fee, tends to sell to companies, and is effective selling in bulk but is expensive if you just need some small amount of something.

      It is not a retailer that DC's lower income population are going to patronize. And there already is a Costco there anyway.

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      by Sparhawk on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 05:03:17 PM PDT

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    •  You do realize... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...that the Walmart (traditional Walmart, not Sam's Club) shopper is a completely different shopper than the Costco shopper and is looking for completely different products? They are not interchangeable.

      First, Costco shoppers have higher incomes. They can afford to buy in bulk, they have space to store stuff, they buy some higher end products. Thus, a demographic that may support a Walmart may not support a Costco.

      Second, Costco shoppers rarely use Costco as their primary shopping destination due to the very limited selection and the bulk quantities Costco offers. Most Costco shoppers also go to a full service grocery store on a more regular basis.

      So, it could just be a lack of interest on the part of Costco or that Costco already has all the stores they want/need in the area.

      •  Moral of the story... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...if you have the habit of starting a post and finishing it later, reread all the comments before clicking 'post' to avoid redundant comments :(

      •  Not true (0+ / 0-)

        Costco serves lower income and smaller families well. I am retired with just one signficant other -- and we shop there all the time. The prices are well below Walmart because of the large quantities they package. That is easily solved by a freezer. We oftne buy products like steak and individually package and frees them. Some like some frozen fish products already come individually packaged inside the box.

        At any rate, life would go in in DC without Walmart, and it is time to pull the plug on this unlivable minimum wage.

        •  Although some high income people... (0+ / 0-)

          ...shop at Walmart and some low income people shop at Costco, demographically the customer base is quite different between the two.

          Your argument is like saying that because Obama is President and makes a good income, it is not true that African Americans overall have lower incomes than whites.

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