Archive for Thursday, July 6, 2006

Retail walk

July 6, 2006


To the editor:

After reading the front page of the Journal-World on June 30 about the Wal-Mart plan to build a new retail store, I was encouraged to look through my files for previous news articles dealing with the future size of our city.

I found an editorial dated April 19, 2005, entitled "Walkable city," which encouraged citizens to do more walking. The author recommended that city officials make an effort to promote more grocery stores in the downtown area.

I grew up in a small town in Kansas and we could walk to all retail stores. I believe citizens of Lawrence would be more healthy by doing more walking to retail stores. Perhaps citizens should encourage their politicians to be more active with this problem.

Lester C. Marsh,



craigers 11 years, 8 months ago

Since not everybody can be surrounding downtown, the stores that are put all around town do serve a purpose and we could walk to a lot of shops, but we choose not to. It is the society we live in. I like walking, but we are always in a hurry to go to other places and I don't really feel like walking five miles across town. You can do that in 15 minutes in the car.

Skeptic 11 years, 8 months ago

If I need a set of tires at Walmart, am I supposed to walk them back to my house?

Walking's fine for farmer's markets and browsing stores, but doesn't work if you are supporting and shopping for a family.

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