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Good Growth DeKalb Explains Local Walmart Support Claims

Out of 1,457 households the protest group approached in the area, just 60 said they supported the construction of a Walmart Supercenter in Suburban Plaza.

How many people in the Decatur/North Druid Hills area support the ?

It's not a question easily answered, but on Aug. 8, Good Growth DeKalb, which is protesting the construction of the retail store, said they figured it was about 5 percent.

From a press release they sent out:

In the last 8 months, Good Growth DeKalb has done extensive neighborhood canvassing and found that 75% of residents are opposed to Walmart and only 5% are in favor, with the remainder neutral or undecided.

North Druid Hills-Briarcliff Patch asked the group last week to explain how they arrived at those percentages. We'll let you judge the explanation.

In short, the group canvassed across several neighborhoods on five different days spread out between late March and mid-May, according to Jennifer Ceraso, a Good Growth DeKalb organizer. In total, the group said its members spoke with 1,006 households. The results:

  • 785 households said they were against the construction.
  • 60 said they were OK with it. 
  • 161 were undecided. 

Here's more detail on where the group canvassed, according to an email from Ceraso:

We canvassed the following neighborhoods: Medlock Park, Clairemont Heights, Decatur Heights, Great Lakes, Clairemont Rd, Scott Blvd., Sycamore Drive, North Decatur Road, Superior Rd., Landover, West Ponce, Church Street, Adair, Drexel.

We chose neighborhoods that would be most affected by the Walmart, and identified major streets within those neighborhoods.  After long consideration, we felt these streets were the best and most honest representative sampling of the affected radius.

So, when Good Growth DeKalb says only 5 percent of the surrounding area supports the construction of a Walmart, that's the data they're referring to. There are areas farther away that might have more respondents who support the construction, and, as Ceraso said, the canvassing was clearly focused on areas that would be most impacted by the opening of a Walmart.

What do you think about these numbers and Good Growth DeKalb's claims? Tell us in the comments section below.

Tom September 06, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Walmart will bring more criminals from Scottsdale and Memorial Dr. Prepare to open up your wallets to criminals in the Walmart parking lot...
Ledbetter September 06, 2012 at 01:08 AM
In response to many of the comments, I don't know if negotiating is the way to go. It sounds nice but Deanne & friends are already working on that front. Don't the people who don't want the Walmart have the right to organize and express their opposition? Think of what would be lost if people didn't sometimes stand firm. (yes, on the other hand, we can also think of gains in compromise). However, communities that turn away Walmart have groups like Good Growth DeKalb that refuse to cave. So the group is taking the right tactic for their goal of no Walmart at Suburban Plaza.
Kat September 06, 2012 at 01:11 AM
What!!! People are going to drive from Arizona to shop at Suburban Plaza Walmart?? Scottsdale is in Arizona. Scottdale is in Georgia, between Decatur and Clarkston, and to label those who live there as criminal is as wrongheaded as not knowing the name of the area.
Sally September 06, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Even if WalMart closed their doors because of lack of business (which won't happen I predict, by for argument sake), the shopping center will be a better place. The work that will be done before it opens will definately improve the looks of that center. You act as if they are starting from scratch. They are not. They will improve that center.
Sally September 06, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Well, I do give you credit for admitting that it's all about Walmart.

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