You may recall from elementary school the transitive property of equality:
If a = b, and b = c, then a = c.
This works in math. This almost never works in life. As in:
If Amy likes Bill, and Bill likes Cassie, then Amy will like Cassie.
If the Astros beat the Braves, and the Braves beat the Cubs,
then the Astros will beat the Cubs.
Or, and my point:
If I join a Facebook group called Stop the Heights Walmart,
and Stop the Heights Walmart morphs into a an anti-Annise Parker organization,
then I oppose Annise Parker.
Andy Icken may be a chump for being snarky in emails, and perhaps not altogether clear on the definition of the word effete, but that does not change how I feel about Mayor Parker. For the two or three of you who care, here’s where I stand:
- I am upset that the Yale Street development will have a Walmart both because of Walmart’s labor practices and because I, selfishly, am annoyed that one more north/south route out of our neighborhood will now be clogged with traffic.
- I am not categorically opposed to the use of 380 agreements when it gives the city a chance to exert some modicum of control over infrastructure development, and when there is a chance that the city might not have to reimburse the developer if sales tax and other benchmarks aren’t met.
- I continue to be baffled by how many people conflate Ainbinder (the developer) with Walmart (the tenant) when talking about the city’s involvement in this process. While I have no doubt that city officials are being lobbied by Walmart staff, I also understand that the signatories to the agreement are Ainbinder and the city. Only.
- My membership in the Stop the Heights Walmart Facebook group should not be construed as opposition to the Mayor. My membership in that group reflects only my desire that a Walmart not be built in this location.
I will continue to oppose the Heights Walmart by not shopping at the Heights Walmart. I will continue to be a member of this group on Facebook so I can stay on top of their positions and actions.
I do not think, however, that anyone should assume that the 6,000+ people who are members of that group oppose anything other than the placement of a Walmart in/near/next to the Heights. Furthermore, if the group begins to use its membership number as leverage to accomplish other goals, that will not be cricket.
That is all.