Imagine you're piloting a boat out in the ocean.
Suddenly you come across a man treading water miles from shore. You pull your boat up close and toss him a life preserver and he says, "Not so fast. I think I'd like to be helped by a nicer boat. Or if you could paint it differently I might allow you to help me."
What would you say?
Now imagine a lifeless, ugly, vacant lot. Walmart pulls up one day offering more shopping options, 200 jobs, and to pay significant taxes in a space void of all of that.
A logical person would say, "Yes please!" But a few people said, "We'll let you do this if you can meet a few of our demands."
After a while, Walmart got tired of this nonsense and walked away.
We thought we'd muscle the world's largest retailer?
What a catastrophic miscalculation.
We literally snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
Many people can share some of the blame for this.
The mayor absolutely should have been more involved when it looked like the project was in trouble. GLI and church leaders probably could have been more helpful. I should have shouted from the rooftops that we were blowing it.
But too many of us were too silent while egos and greed chased a great investment out of an area that desperately needed it.
I'm Bill Lamb…and that's my Point of View.
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