Times Columnist Warns that Redevelopment Could Attract Walmart

Daniel Ruth called the completed project a “faux Mayberry-on-the-Hillsborough.”

Tampa Bay Times Columnist Daniel Ruth wrote about the Temple Terrace downtown redevelopment project Oct. 21.

In the column, he described the differences of opinion that the City of Temple Terrace and developer Vlass Temple Terrace have expressed regarding the residential aspect of the project.

“Why this is even an issue is a bit befuddling,” Ruth wrote. “Anyone who has ever visited ‘downtown’ Westchase has noticed a very utilitarian mix of first-floor retail with residential units above them.”

But Ruth warned that development attracts big box chain stores.

“A curmudgeon might suggest Temple Terrace forget the whole thing and be happy with the quiet, delightful little place that it is,” he wrote. “After all, the city need only look at other developed areas for some object lessons in ambition.

“Sure Temple Terrace might resolve its differences and create its own faux Mayberry-on-the-Hillsborough. Then what? Walmart, that’s what.”

Read the entire column here.

Do you agree with Ruth’s observations? Or do you think he’s off base? Tell us in the comments.

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Sally Oakes Ballas November 01, 2012 at 05:28 PM
I doubt that... I was told three years ago that if Temple Terrace brings in a Home Depot or Lowes, crime will come with it...:( What???? Just small minded people have invaded our fair city. Who would have thought that cow town Brandon, the sticks of Land O Lakes, mud swamps New Tampa would out shine Temple Terrace as the place people want to be. We've been fighting for this redevelopment for 15 years. Time and money has been wasted over and over again. Last night, Halloween Night, we should have been Downtown Temple Terrace having a Halloween Festival!
Felonius Mehicanos November 01, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Mayberry wasn't located next to Detroit. I don't think Walmart would want to be here. They prefer a different demographic. Probably just more Dollar Stores.
Marcy Leber November 02, 2012 at 01:49 PM
One of my daughters lives in Hoover, Alabama. Hoover is somewhat similar demographically to TT (but without a river !) They have a WalMart and it is a clean, well lit, roomy store staffed by polite staff. I can't exactly see a WalMart in the redev. area but I've noticed that WalMarts tend to mirror their surroundings so maybe a WalMart might not be the end of the world in TT. Certainly better than more Dollar Stores and Hookah Bars.
Al Martini December 30, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Just a reminder that Temple Terrace has twice stopped Walmarts in our area!!
Steven Stark December 31, 2012 at 01:37 AM
I have to ask WHY?
Sally Oakes Ballas April 20, 2013 at 01:54 AM
Exacrly Marcy!
Sally Oakes Ballas April 20, 2013 at 01:57 AM
So I'll ask Why not? I drove to Busch & Florida Ave just to run in & out of zHome Depot. All of our $$'s are being spent everyplace in the city if Tampa but Temple Terrace!


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