Public Land is Not for Private Profit
The proposed location for the Rogers Park Target sits on public land administered by Chicago Housing Authority. The location currently houses a senior community center and a parking lot. There is no reason that a big-box retailer should anchor any development on this property. Instead, the community should decide together how best to use this public land, whether it's an expanded community center or another project that would benefit Rogers Park as a whole instead of an out-of-state corporation. If there is an overwhelming benefit to the community to use public land for private profit, that should be a decision made by the community, not behind closed doors by Alderman Joe Moore.
Protecting Local Businesses
Even the mere proposal of the Target has local businesses reconsidering their future in Rogers Park. Devon Market has stated that it may have to close shop if the Target is built. Morse Market is planning a significant renovation and expansion, but that investment may be put on hold if the Target is approved. Together, these grocers employ twice as many working people as the Target is estimated to hire. Many other local businesses have expressed grave reservations about the future of their enterprise if the Target store moves into Rogers Park. We must not let a big box retailer run out of the neighborhood small businesses that have thrived for decades.
low-wage, non-union jobs only
In 2006, Alderman Joe Moore led an unsuccessful charge to pass the Big Box Ordinance, which would have required all new big box retailers to pay a living wage. More than ten years later, Alderman Moore has abandoned this commitment to working people. Now, Alderman Moore no longer believes that a living wage is "relevant" to any discussion of wage fairness. Alderman Moore has not required Target to allow union labor in the planned Rogers Park store, not can the Alderman secure a guarantee from Target to hire even a single Rogers Park resident. What's more, the Target will be in direct competition with the neighborhood Jewel-Osco, which is unionized and employs scores of Rogers Park residents in its store.
Traffic and Congestion
The area surrounding the intersection of Sheridan and Devon Avenues is already a traffic nightmare, with bottlenecked roads at almost any time of day that are increasingly dangerous for everyone. The construction of a Target store at the intersection will intensify the chaos, creating new traffic headaches and putting students, seniors, and other residents at increased risk of traffic injury or death. What's more, the elimination of the parking lot on the proposed site will create more congestion and exacerbate the already treacherous task of finding a parking space in the area.
No Substantial community benefit
From Devon to Howard, from the lake to Ridge, Rogers Park is blessed with a variety of local businesses that reflect the rich diversity of our community. Virtually any item that can be found in Target is already being sold in Rogers Park. Furthermore, there are already a number of Target stores that are easily accessible from Rogers Park. A short trip south on the red line will bring you in minutes to the Target stores already open at either Wilson and Broadway or Belmont and Clark. There is also a Target store nearby in Evanston and a plan to build another store in neighboring Skokie, both just a few minutes drive from Rogers Park. There are also two Target stores just a short drive or bus ride from Rogers Park on both Peterson and Touhy Avenues. In total, there are at least six Target stores within just a few miles of Rogers Park, all easily accessible by public transit or car. There is no need for a Target store in Rogers Park with so many stores so close and so much on the line for the community.