If Wal-Mart were allowed to become the dominant retailer here, it would undermine the economic health of our region. Research shows that Wal-Mart pushes out local businesses, reduces employment and forces more families into poverty.
A study by researchers at Loyola University found that, two years after a Wal-
Mart store opened on Chicago’s West Side, more than 80 local businesses within a four-mile radius (nearly one-quarter of the total) had closed and about 300 people had lost their jobs.
"I do think our fans are pretty special. They do react to things like that. It’s part of what makes Fenway so great. We don’t need to have President races or mustard racing ketchup. Our fans like our baseball. I actually really think that’s cool. Nothing against mustard."
We interrupt this tumble for a moment of Horn Tootin’ to document the fact that lil’ ol’ Truly Good has a meeting scheduled with some fine folks at HARVARD. On their historic campus.
+10 to us.
A while ago I had read that GOOD *[note below] was releasing a localized version of its website, starting with LA, but hadn’t thought of it since.
As I recently “Liked” GOOD on Facebook, I have been reading a lot more of their content, which truly has been good for me. GOOD features well-written articles about topics I care about deeply and I am committed to following these things more closely.
I Love what they have to say up top (emphasis mine):
Let’s make this city work. Join us and look forward to:
- One-good-L.A.-thing-a-day in your inbox, Monday through Friday
- Invites to GOOD LA events and the goings-on of our L.A. friends
- GOOD-only deals at our favorite L.A. joints
- First word on new GOOD projects
All free. All GOOD.
That’s what’s up!
After taking a quick look over the front page and noticing that the Posts averaged probably 35 comments or more, my thoughts were: folks in LA are clearly taking advantage of this. With Posts about topics like the role of the neighborhood, tackling environmental causes with creativity, & Los Angeles street food, it seems like a powerful way to spread the word about important issues, highlight interesting events, and really take the pulse of people in the city.
Now, obviously LA is one vast & populous city (almost 10 million large), and lil’ ol’ Somerville, while yes, densely populated, only weighs in at about 75-80,000 folks, so the possible user-base here is minimal compared to LA. Also True: a daily publication with the breadth and scope of GOOD LA must take a serious time investment by a talented staff.
But I am thinking big on this, and mostly because it sure seems like an effective way to spread important messages and engage in important discussions, and Somerville has plenty to bring to the table on both fronts.
Not that Somerville Local First isn’t already on the right path with their grittyish/shinyish/cityish/newish/oldish website (which includes a very active Blog) and their heavy Facebook activity & Tweets. But things can certainly evolve and, well, I believe this is me saying they will.
More details to follow.
*Now is probably a good time to mention that Truly Good is in no way affiliated with GOOD INC, and the similar name is purely a coincidence in good taste. At the time I decided to call my little web design company Truly Good, while GOOD was on the magazine stands, it served no conscious roll in my idea/decision. I promise.