18 May 2006

Jay Batt Sure Has Impeccable Timing

Dammit. A power surge just caused me to lose an entire posting . . . The cliff note version:

Batt Announces Store He Promised in today's Times-Picayune.

Basically, the point of my now zapped post, was that the timing of this Walgreen's/Robert Mart announcement sure is impeccable--three days before the City Council District A Runoff Election against Shelly Midura. Batt was getting burned on this Carrollton grocery store issue as he gave his "I won't run again unless a grocery is built in Carrollton" speech over three years ago. For the past two years he has tried to say that the Sav-A-Lot on South Carrollton and Palmetto "counted" when everyone knows what he meant when he made the speech on the abandoned South Carrollton/South Claiborne site. So meanwhile, the abandoned buildings continued to be an eyesore and a public safety hazard--and this is even before the buildings got flooded in August 2005. Now they're funkified by the flooding as well.

I think Batt is likely going to get re-elected--probably by at least 10%. Check out the geographic results from the Council District A Primary. Lakeview/Forman Uptown to Batt. Carrollton to Midura. And Mid-City split to the both of them. The grocery store issue, the Stuart Hall expansion issue, and the Bruno's The Sequel issue are all the causes for the anti-Batt sentiment in Carrollton. I live in Carrollton, so you can guess where my vote is going . . . .

You got to hand it to Batt for the timing on this announcement . . . .


The result of the new Walgreen's on this site is that the Walgreen's at South Carrollton and Earhart will not be reopened (never reopened from the flooding). So, we just traded one abandoned building for another one.

5 Comments:

At May 18, 2006 10:16 AM, Blogger Roux said...

I don't know much about the grocery store controversary, except I know the location you are talking about. It does look pretty bad.

How can a city councilman promise that a business will locate on a certain location? Seems pretty silly to me and anyone who would vote for him based on that is pretty guilible.

 
At May 18, 2006 10:19 AM, Blogger Roux said...

BTW-Why did all of the grocery stores close in the first place?

 
At May 18, 2006 11:09 AM, Blogger Seymour D. Fair said...

roux:

1. The Riverbend Winn Dixie is no longer there becasue Walgreen's offered more money to rent the space. This happened in 1998 or so. This is where the real botch took place--what a bonehead mistake by Winn Dixie. They had a lock on the market--it was worth any increase in rent to remain there.

2. The National Canal Villerie was a victim of grocery chains buying each other out--and then going bankrupt.

He made the grocery store thing an issue, not the neighborhood. Granted the grocery thing was an important concern, but he went out of his way to promise this to garner non-Lakeview votes.

 
At May 19, 2006 10:17 AM, Blogger Roux said...

Dumb thing to promise. Grocery store chains have had a rough time. Delchamps(Jitney Jungle), National, Winn Dixie even smaller chains like Rouses have had a tough time. Walmart seemed to crush everyone for a while.

I do see a resurgence in the Baton Rouge area of smaller chains. LeBlanc Brothers is a pretty good small chain.

BTW-Wish hope and pray that New Orleans can come back better than before. I think that no matter who is elected tomorrow you've got to have a community based effort to rebuild. Good Luck.

 
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