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DIVIDE OVER A POSSIBLE BOSTON WAL-MART

Mayor is right: Store doesn’t belong in Dudley Square

October 10, 2011

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I APPRECIATE Brian McGrory’s take on Dudley Square and the kind words he has for my business, the Boston Gardener, in his Oct. 5 Metro column “Roadblock to bargains.’’ However, I must agree with Mayor Menino that Wal-Mart doesn’t belong in Dudley Square. McGrory’s main concern is consumer freedom of choice, but South Bay Plaza, with all its big box stores, is just a mile away and is a much better place for the likes of a Wal-Mart.

As a longtime resident, I opened the Boston Gardener to help improve the neighborhood, provide choice, and help the local economy. Some of us, including the mayor, have been working for years to help improve Dudley Square because we care about the neighborhood and recognize its potential.

I’m concerned that a Wal-Mart would drag down my property’s value, and hurt local businesses and the local economy, not to mention take away from the character of Dudley Square.

Jon Napoli

Roxbury