No Dollar Store in Joshua Tree - Livin' the Good Life
Feb. 17th, 2013
04:22 pm - No Dollar Store in Joshua Tree
There is a large group of residents in Joshua Tree, myself included, who object to the proposed Dollar Store slated to go in at the end of our street (which is now a vacant lot). There are many reasons for our objections. The number one objection is: that is not the type of store that fits in with the community plan that we drew up years ago and submitted to the county for approval. This is an artsy community, full of activists of all kinds. We want a bike-friendly town. We want a town that encourages "green" products and services. Being a "gateway" to Joshua Tree National Park, we want to appeal to the many visitors that come here from all over the world. These people tend to be hikers, climbers, and outdoor enthusiasts, in general. These people tend to patronize health food stores (we have a great one) and restaurants that serve fresh, healthy foods (in other words, NOT chain restaurants). We have a number of high-quality, family-owned restaurants that fit the bill. We have no big box stores or restaurants. There are lots of art galleries and shops that sell handmade crafts. We have the only farmer's market in the Morongo Basin, and it is thriving.
So when both a Dollar Store AND a CASINO set their sights on our little town, an army of protestors came out of the woodwork. The Dollar Store is aggressively pushing its agenda, and we are pushing right back. The most adamant common phrase I hear people say when voicing their objections to the Dollar Store is: "We don't want a store that sells more cheap, plastic crap around here!" I agree. One of my pet peeves of any big box store is the trash that accumulates around them. The Dollar Store in Yucca Valley (and there are now TWO of them) is in a shopping center that is surrounded by trash, mainly plastic bags that were generated from the stores there, and it makes the town look, well, TRASHY. Here is a field downwind from the Dollar Store in Yucca Valley. Every white thing you see on the ground and in the bushes is a plastic bag. Ugh! Volunteers clean up around there regularly, and the trash quickly returns. I don't want Joshua Tree to look like this.
If we get a Dollar Store, it will. So, a big NO to this place! (And any other BIG BOX stores in Joshua Tree.)
Thank you very much! I'll get off my soap box now.