Here’s some citizen-powered commentary and research from a Wichita citizen, Wendy Aylworth.
At the September 14th Wichita City Council meeting the public was treated to tales of the helpless nature of Wichita’s Planeview residents. It sounded as if residents are being held in an open-air prison, victims of society, greedy QuikTrip stores, and price-gouging cab companies, unable to obtain the necessities of life without trekking an entire ONE mile to get groceries! (See City OKs tax at Planeview store, Wichita Eagle, September 15, 2010)
There are in fact four grocery stores right across the street from Planeview on Hillside, and one more just around the corner from Hillside on 31st Street South. Two are owned by Americans of Latino descent and three by Americans of southeast Asian descent. Perhaps the race of the owners is the reason the media refuses to report that these are indeed grocery stores and carry milk, eggs, apples, oranges, fish, fresh meats, lettuce, cheese, cereals, spices and all the other basics of a good, healthful diet.
However, one does have to go to QuikTrip if one wants pizza. Thus the “need” for a Save-a-Lot financed by you and me. Cheaper pizza, that staple of food stamp life.
Save-A-Lot will also provide a variety of 129 snack foods including potato chips and microwave popcorn with theater butter! Finally junk food will be available within 1.1 miles of Planeview at prices lower than QuikTrip!
And although residents speaking to the city council on Tuesday complained about having to go to QuikTrip for milk, the truth is QuikTrip carries milk at prices rivaling the cheapest in town. The price was $3.29 gallon on Wednesday, Sep 15th. On other days it’s on sale for $2.99 gallon. But Save-A-Lot should have a lower regular price on bacon. Pop might also be cheaper!
The claim by the government-subsidized developer that this chain grocery store must be built because there are large numbers of residents of Planeview who don’t have cars (and thus have to walk to QuikTrip to get pizza) is also false. There are a few; only a few. One Planeview resident explained that those not having vehicles could take a cab or get a ride — and the bus drives right through Planeview. The City of Wichita on one hand pushes for residents to make greater use of the public buses, yet the city council members clearly believe residents can’t possibly go shopping using a bus. Still, people who live in cities like San Francisco, New York, and Portland shop via subway and bus every day. The Wichita City Council is hypocritical, forever at odds with itself, and constantly undermining families who start businesses in an attempt to meet the needs of fellow citizens.
The grocery stores the media ignores, in case you’d like to show them your support, are:
Thai An Oriental Market at 2425 South Hillside Street, Wichita, KS, telephone 440-7888. Open everyday 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, except they close early at 7:00 pm on Mondays. This is a large store in a brand new building the owner built from the ground up.
Super Del Centro at 2425 South Hillside Street, Wichita, KS, open 9:00 am to 9:00 pm 7 days a week This store shares the new building with the Thai An market.
Four Star Asian Market at 2441 South Hillside Street, Wichita, KS, telephone 684-0966. This is a smaller family business, but still carries a great selection.
Lao Food Market at 3141 South Hillside Street, Wichita, KS. This is a large family-owned store in a building built in 1994, very clean and well-kept. Open 9:00 am to 9:00 pm everyday and often stays open even later on Saturdays and Sundays, if a customer needs.
Carniceria Mexicana Super Tienda at 3108 E 31st St South. Open 7 days a week 8:00 am to 9:00 pm They have probably the largest avocados in town!
No, none of these stores on Hillside have doughnuts, but they all have cookies!
There’s also Checkers grocery store at the southeast corner of Pawnee and K-15, open 6:00 am until Midnight everyday. It’s locally owned and run and is only one mile from Planeview, and 1.3 miles from the new, smaller grocery store the city council is subsidizing.
Excellent work, Mr. Weeks! I am eight and one-half miles from the nearest grocery store, and it is one in a chain of “associated” food distributors. I drive once or twice a month, across farmlands, largely growing livestock-industrial corn that is subsidized by the federal government, to arrive where none of the diversity of stores exist such as described in this latest. We grow and can much of our food, but it is laborious and still not necessarily cost efficient, but I find an extreme amount of fun in reading of the contradictory elements when it comes to food in Wichita. I assure you, people in Northeast Kansas are laughing out loud about this one.
Sep 14th Wichita City Councilman Jim Skelton made the motion to close the public hearing regarding this store even though several citizens implored him to keep discussion open a few more days. Skelton not only voted to approve the store raising customers’ taxes by 27%, but he also voted the same day in favor of the wasteful Bowlaggio development.
Skelton is not a conservative. He’s a RINO. I urge everyone to prevent his getting on the Sedgwick County Commission by voting for his opponent Gwen Welshimer. Welshimer has voted to decrease taxes each year she’s been on the County Commission. She’s also pledged not to raise taxes. She’s also against throwing more money at developers in downtown Wichita.
This makes the 73 yr-old Welshimer far more fiscally responsible than Skelton.
I second Republican Mom’s suggestion. I don’t live in Gwen Welsheimer’s district but I would vote for her if I could. Although a Democrat, she is and will surely continue to be more fiscally conservative than Jim Shelton will be as a county commissioner. I fear, however, that Gwen may have an uphill battle, as the eagle has done a fantastic job of making her look like an idiot. It seems Jim Skelton has never run across a developer to whom he WASN’T willing to give our hard-earned tax dollars. He has truly embraced that part of his job (as a city councilman) that encompasses picking winners and losers. (Even though that shouldn’t be part of his job at all.) That’s why he should never be elected to any office again.
How much more tyranny will you people take? Till a boot is on your neck?
Planeview was meant to be bulldozed years ago. Those “homes” were built cheap for temp. housing. if they want to complain then make them get their own water, police, fire dept, maintenance and then fence them off from Wichita. The residents would just go out and kill eachother.
The issue is whether you believe that our City government belongs in the grocery business; movie theater; hotels; airlines, etc. and it DOES NOT! It is not about Jim or Gwen, but about the people that we have been electing to our local offices because we are apathetic and no longer care. The outcome of this issue is that the people that can least afford the taxes will be paying it. Register to vote and throw these bums out and then again in the City Spring elections or you will get more of the same.