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RG4N On NPR

Posted Wed, 09/22/2010 - 11:43am

As the opening day for the Walmart at Northcross draws near, we have something special to share with you.

RG4N leaders were recently interviewed by reporters for the NPR program "State of the Re:Union." Nope, that's not a typo.

State of the Re:Union explores how American cities and communities face challenging circumstances, and highlights what gives an area its uniqueness.

In July, they came to Austin. They wanted to report on how Austin is managing to keep things weird in the face of major population growth and change. And since we pointed out how "Walmart Isn't Weird" during our battle, they called RG4N to learn more about our long struggle against Walmart, the City of Austin and Lincoln Properties. We were interviewed for an hour and a half, and we told them everything.

Much of what we said was edited away, but it was clear that they were very impressed with our tenacious fight, and especially with the uncommon result.

To listen, click here then play Segment B:
http://stateofthereunion.com/home/season-2/austin-tx

Here is the full MP3. Our part of the story is at 13:10 until 21:01.
http://sotrupodcasts.creativeempirell.netdna-cdn.com/Austin_FullEpisode....

We'll let you know when KUT plans to air it locally. In another way, the timing of this is also great since the national spotlight will soon be on Austin for the upcoming ACL Festival.

If you live in a great town, everyone has to work to keep it that way. We do, and we must. And we hope our story inspires people everywhere who are facing an uphill battle against seemingly unmovable forces and indifferent political leadership.

Hey Neighbors! On Feb. 8, Let's Get Together & Have A Party!

Posted Wed, 01/28/2009 - 11:06pm

We got some good news that calls for a celebration. So mark your calendar to come to the:

RG4N Good Neighbor Get Together
Sunday, Feb. 8th
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
at HANGTOWN GRILL
at Burnet Rd & 2222/Koenig Ln in the HEB shopping center

• Great Food & Fun!
• Live Music from Wendy Colonna and Cooper Henson & Nikolas Henson
• Raffle Prizes including a Dell Laptop Computer from Discount Electronics & a Brother Sewing Machine

15% of food purchases benefits the RG4N legal fund.

Click the attachment (at the bottom of this story) for all the details. See you there.

As you may recall, way back in November 2006, we started our quest to stop the two-story, 200,000+ sq. ft. Wal-Mart Supercenter at Northcross Mall.

That monstrous site plan is no longer in play. In December 2008, the city officially approved a new plan for a much, much smaller store that saves the old trees and calls for more green space too.

Friends and neighbors, we said from Day One that it was NOT a done deal and we stood our ground, and that is worth celebrating!

Were it not for neighbors coming together for more than TWO YEARS to demand to be heard at City Hall, to link arm-in-arm at around Northcross, to rally at Town Halls, to protest on Saturday mornings, to distribute 10,000 newsletters, to place thousands of yard signs and tie yards of red ribbon, to hold a bazaar & thrift sale, to get feisty at Feisty Fest, to alert the media, to sue, and to never stop fighting, we would have not seen a day that the developer & Wal-Mart decided to do it neighborly and do it right.

Update - 8/19/08

Posted Wed, 08/20/2008 - 2:31pm

In this Update:
1. No Meeting on August 21.
2. We met with Lincoln.

In our last Update, we announced that we would convene for an RG4N Town Hall on August 21. Let¹s hold off on that for now. This note explains why. Also please note that your feedback and questions are welcomed and encouraged at: press [at] rg4n [dot] org

Representatives from Responsible Growth for Northcross and the Allandale Neighborhood Association met recently with Bruce Scrafford, an attorney for Lincoln Property Company. The purpose of the meeting was to disclose more information about the revised plan to build a smaller Wal-Mart store at Northcross Mall. No one from Wal-Mart or the City of Austin attended.

In fact, Wal-Mart is putting together a "Fact Sheet" on the new plans and wasn't ready with the details for the meeting. When we receive that information, we will schedule a Town Hall meeting. (It should also be noted that the online information about the prior plan for the two-story Wal-Mart is gone: http://www.walmart-northcross.com )

However, it was still a productive meeting. We learned some things we didn't already know. But we still have questions.

Here's what we know now:
1. The Wal-Mart at Northcross will be 99,600 square feet
2. It will be one-story
3. No parking garage
4. No garden center
5. No gas station
6. The revised plan is expected to retain the design and materials in the earlier design, so it's not expected to be a blue and grey box
7. A new site plan has not been submitted to the City of Austin.
8. More trees and landscaping will be planted in the new plan
9. More sidewalks will be in the new plan
10. Less impervious cover will be in the new plan
11. Water control and drainage will be improved in the new plan

Here's what we don't know specifics about yet:
1. Hours of operation
2. Traffic impact and mitigation
3. Truck delivery routes
4. Access from the Northcross bus stop, particularly for people with
disabilities
5. Security operations

The True Center of Austin

Posted Tue, 07/01/2008 - 8:56pm

The RG4N Business Liaison Committee has partnered with the Austin Independent Business Alliance to create the new Northcross Independent Business Investment Zone, or IBIZ! You can read more about ABIA and IBIZ here.

Now we need YOU to shop locally and patronize the businesses in the new Northcross IBIZ. You can also use this map of the Northcross IBIZ stores.

In addition to the IBIZ stores, please continue to shop and support the many businesses who have financially supported RG4N's efforts from the beginning.

Letter from RG4N President Hope Morrison

Posted Wed, 06/25/2008 - 7:26pm

Dear RG4N Supporters,

The reduced size of the planned Northcross Wal-Mart is welcome news for us all. The RG4N Steering Committee thanks everyone for the kind words and expressions of appreciation we are hearing today from neighbors throughout the area and across the city.

We aren't the only or even the biggest factor in Wal-Mart's decision to scale back the planned store. But I know we were one important factor. Neighborhood resistance to the Northcross project and the potential for ongoing litigation created a shadow of uncertainty over the project that we believe bought us time -- time for the economy and other factors that drove the decision to come fully into play.

So many people throughout and outside the Northcross area contributed to this effort. Neighbors who put signs in their yards, everyone who showed up for Arms Around Northcross and other events, Allandale and other area neighborhood associations, all the people who donated money and time and wrote letters, the businesses that supported our efforts. All of you played vital roles.

BIG NEWS! Wal-Mart reducing store size

Posted Tue, 06/24/2008 - 9:53am

"Wal-Mart is dramatically scaling back plans for its Supercenter at Northcross Mall after a two-year controversy and a court fight with neighbors opposed to the store."

Read the entire Statesman article about Wal-Mart's plans to reduce the size of the store planned at Northcross Mall!

PAWS AROUND NORTHCROSS

Posted Wed, 02/06/2008 - 12:06am

Howling Mad Doggy

ON MARCH 1 AT 10:00 AM, 1,000 DOGS AND THEIR OWNERS WILL GO FOR A WALK TOGETHER

Leash up the pups and let's show those Fat Cats at Wal-Mart and Lincoln that we're still doggone mad about their Supercenter at Northcross Mall, and we¹re not lying down!

Remember how we called on thousands of you to join us for Arms Around Northcross? Remember how we formed a one mile wide human circle around Northcross Mall? We did it! And it ignited -- and united -- a neighborhood spirit throughout Austin to stop the Wal-Mart Supercenter.

Let's stand together again! RG4N is calling on 1,000 dogs and their owners to come take a walk around Northcross Mall. Join your friends and neighbors and once again send a powerful message to Lincoln Property Co. Wal-Mart and the Austin City Council that we will never back down.

The Austin Chronicle called Arms Around Northcross the Feistiest Neighborhood Rebellion in 2007.

Let's really make the fur fly on March 1.

CAN COLLECTION DAY - BRING YOUR CANS FOR RECYCLING TO EITHER INFORMATION TENT DURING PAWS AROUND NORTHCROSS.

Statement on Court Ruling

Posted Fri, 12/21/2007 - 7:54pm

Today, the 200th Judicial District Court of Travis County issued its ruling on our lawsuit. The court ruled that the site plan approval was consistent with city ordinances.

RG4N is disappointed with this verdict. But we are not done fighting.

We are merely back where we were one year ago, when neighbors resoundingly said, "No!" to this irresponsible development. And in the court of public opinion, Wal-Mart, Lincoln and the City of Austin have been losing since Day One.

Unless we continue to act, we believe the City and developers will take this ruling as a green light to continue business as usual, pursuing any and all development without regard to the wishes of or effect on neighborhoods.

We invite citizens from all over Austin who will stand up and keep fighting to come meet with us on Friday, January 11, 2008 at St. Louis Catholic Church.

Moreover, while Judge Naranjo outlined her reasoning for her ruling on the garden center issue, she gave no explanation for her ruling on most of our claims. Without such an explanation, we continue to believe that we conclusively established noncompliance with the law on our other claims.

We will further discuss the ruling and our options with our attorneys, and will have more to say on January 11th about how we plan to proceed.

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