Harrisburg gets it

Harrisburg is a sleepy little bedroom community that is learning how to deal with growing pains. Having been targeted by Wal-Mart for a SUPERCENTER (and we know how those behemoths gut a town), there were some pretty heated discussions and votes which kept Wal-Mart and it's anti-environmental practices out of the town.

However, the fight was not over. Lowe's Home Imporvement wanted to cash in on the booming housing market (think of all those home repair/upgrade projects) by having a store in town. After an initial vote, in which opponents of the measure walked out (a classic Rethuglican move, one of the key votes was absent that night, so they rammed it through). Well it came up for another vote and was rejected. Now it seems that the developer bringing in the home improvement giant just doesn't want to let it go and is contemplating filing a suit. I personnaly shop here, as the folks are friendly and the store is locally owned (heck, they even helped me out to my truck with some things I bought there recently).

But onto the flip side, Harrisburg is adding two new parks. Back in Boulder Colorado whenever a new subdivision was proposed or developed, adequate greenbelts/greenways/open space was required to be included in the plans. I know some people don't want the gubmint sticking its nose into areas where it don't belong, however in this instance, preserving 35 acres at one site and 13 acres at the other ensure that generations will be able to enjoy time in the outdoors.

Congrats Harrisburg. Here's to wise development and the preservation of open-space.

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Damn straight

Towns taking stands like this against the monsters of corporate "america" are amazing. Standing up for small business, real people, and the environment all at once. Fantastic.

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THAT's where I shop!!!

I was so thrilled the first time I went in for my painting supplies...I paid less than at Lowes. They were really nice and open early in the morning so I can stop by after dropping my kids off at school. That's funny to see you link to them.

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Good on Harrisburg.

Build more Parks, fewer big Boxes.

Thanks for posting this, veterandem. I love hearing that other communities are pushing real planning onto the radar screens of county commissions. It feels like the little swell rising before the wave becomes a wave.

And I just love love love the idea of mandatory greenbelts. I cannot imagine what I would have done as a child to entertain myself had I not had fields to walk, streams to explore and woods to play in. My mad fort building skills would have whithered on the vine. As would my imagination.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Independent Tribune Article Was Wrong

Pharr Mill is a County Park that's near Harrisburg. The smaller park is being handled by the Town of Harrisburg. Don't mean to split hairs; but seeing that I'm on Cabarrus County Parks and Recreation Commission the error in the article irked me a little.

That aside, Harrisburg is taking a, dare I say, "progressive" approach to development and zoning and doing a good job perserving the character of the community.