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Fire Station No. 22–What’s Next?

It’s time to get up and do something.  Explaining and garnering interest is one thing; sometimes the hard part is corralling all this interest into a cogent plan for moving forward.  Many readers have asked “what can I do?” to help prevent the lovely Fire Station No. 22 (and its neighbor Bogue’s Restaurant) from being demolished and redeveloped into a Walgreen’s drugstore and parking lot–and drive-through. While I don’t have all the answers, here are some suggestions:

1. Media pressure. Set up a facebook page, write letters to the editor, get local TV and print coverage: then the City would feel the heat.

2. Petition the City with a long list of citizens great and small, opposed to this particular development.

3. Propose an alternative use for the site that preserves, rather than demolishes.

4. Call Jonathan Austin (City Councilor for that district) and express your opinion. And call Valerie Abbott (City Councilor for the district directly across the street) and express same.

5. Grow the cause — make up some cheap posters/yard  signs that could direct people to the facebook page for more info (for personal yards and maybe even at the Firehouse itself : SAVE ME!)

6.  Show up at the next Design Review (I will confirm in a later post when this is) — with things to say, ready to address the committee, and talk to the media there.

I am hardly a community organizer — if there is an individual out there (this could be you!!) who has the time to spearhead this effort — I am all ears and all the folks who have gotten up in arms about this would be SO grateful.

All of the above could be basically applied to the Chick-Fil-A situation in Five Points as well.

Take change into your hands folks, and let’s get something done in a positive way for this City!