It's Up to Us

RECEIVED Sun., July 29, 2007

Dear Editor,
    Wal-Mart at Northcross is not a done deal. It will, however, require a commitment from Austinites for the long road ahead. We find ourselves at a time in our city’s history when We the People must act as facilitators. We should voice our concerns when we don't like what is happening to our city. We need to protest to protect our city’s treasured uniqueness. Austin has provided us with a wonderful livability that is now being threatened. Current city leaders are not adequately representing Austin, so now it’s up to us. Austin needs our support. Wal-Mart at Northcross is one of many irresponsible developments encroaching on our sustenance. The McMansion invasions, the weed-sprouting condo high-rises, and the constant threat to Town Lake are all representations of outsiders looking to capitalize on Austin’s charm. And they are doing so by bending city codes and laws, not listening to local citizen input on projects that will directly affect those citizens, and by moving forward on projects without accommodating citizen concerns. Building despicable monstrosities that do not coincide with our local landscape and scheme. The allure of Austin is understandable, but “selling out” our town by city officials is intolerable. Good news to come of all this is our joining together as a community to find resolution. Wal-Mart at Northcross and all of the other dismantling projects facing Austin are cause for worry. How we conduct ourselves now will dictate our future dealings with greedy developers. If you are appalled by these recent Austin controversies, please get involved today. Find out what you can do by visiting the following websites:,,, and It’s never too late. Take Austin back.
Love and peace,
Colette Michalec
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