We, like so many others, had thought we made our choice clear in favor of the Wal-Mart Supercenter.
I can't speak of other cities our size, but I feel my husband and I can speak for Lodi. He is a native Lodian and I have lived here since I was nine years old and we have lived our 57 years of marriage in Lodi - watching it grow to its present size.
Monday evenings used to be a night out, going Downtown and visiting all the stores that were open. What fun, then, someone decided, why not stay open on Thursdays like Stockton. What happened? People stopped going Downtown. Maybe like us, they went to Stockton because they had more to offer.
I am sick and tired of hearing about other businesses paying to keep Downtown going. They have done a miserable job of conducting their affairs and why should we, the public, pay for it - depriving us of the place where we want to be able to shop?
All the beautification and all the numerous changes they made to address the parking problems; tearing up the streets, changing the various parking angles, filling the streets with trees that take up parking spaces are not the answer - not to mention the parking garage with the empty bottom fiasco.
In the meantime, Elk Grove is growing and adding innumerable stores, Stockton is growing at every corner and adding shopping centers, many very close to Lodi, but we sit and watch our tax revenues go to other cities because we need to save Downtown. What about the many people now employed at Wal-Mart? Has anyone asked them how they feel? We have.
Les and Arlene Schlabs