Now That’s Progress

For months, residents of the Arden/Arcade area have wondered what was to become ofsmear
the Lyon’s restaurant on the corner of El Camino and Watt.  Having stood for over fifty years, the Lyon’s was a unique architectural reminder of a glittering and inventive time gone by.  When a crew of demolition workers started to bring the building down in March, rumors flew as to what the new spot would morph into.  Mrs. Eats and I really hoped for a Peet’s Coffe and Naia Gelato combo, but both agreed that we’d settle for a Dos Coyotes or even a Fuzio (that’s fusion pasta for those in the know).  Well, the bulldozers are gone and the fence has come down and the new location has been unveiled to reveal- TA DAH- extended parking for the Wal Mart.  That’s right, the building was demolished so that Wal Mart could have 20 more parking spaces in a parking lot that already sports over 500 spots.  Well done Wal Mart.  Thanks for keeping the neighborhood relevant.

9 thoughts on “Now That’s Progress”

  1. That sucks. I am only thankful that there is nowhere to fit a Walmart in my neighborhood.

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  2. Walmart sucks.

    I was talking with Dave tonight about what it will take for “this generation” to promote a revolution…like against the war, and against shit-humongous stores like walmart. I think Davis residents stopped a megamart, did they not?

    We won’t have a Walmart in the Pocket..or a Walgreens for that matter! Thank Goddess!

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  3. I wonder how this would have played out if either (a) the City of Sacramento had annexed Arden-Arcade prior to the demolition/aquisition of the parcel or (b) an incorporated city (pick the name you fancy) of Arden-Arcade had been running the show by now.

    SimCity that riddle. Would the outcome be the same, different than the County’s usual Borg response. Did the new fangled “Council” have anything to say about this?

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  4. i wonder when people complain about busineses being shut down (mom and pop and otherwise), when was the last time they spent money at that said business. i thought it was funny when people on the news complained about tower records shutting down were asked at he end of the interview when the last time they bought an album was..no one remembered. we’re sad they are gone…but not enough to help them stay. don’t like wal-mart? don’t shop there. and no..that doesn’t mean go to target instead.

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  5. I was preparing a response to TalkingPocket’s comment that explained the difference between a business and a building, but then I deleted it. It became obvious that TalkingPocket had not read the initial post, nor the comments that ensued.

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  6. I’ve always thought of Lyon’s as a chain.

    I shop at that Wal-Mart’s. When I walk into Wal-Mart I think about the items that I need. Then when I leave, I think about my next errand. I barely noticed what was at the corner of El Camino and Watt, until I read this blog entry.

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  7. The answer is: Graduating from a non public school where there are no state assessments or state standards to guide curriculum choices… and no exit exam.

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  8. Too bad. Was hopeful, I guess Starbucks just couldn’t stand to be next to Walmart. 😉
    I don’t think Walmart even uses all those spaces. Very strange.
    BTW – I don’t shop that Walmart any more if I can help it – not to make any statement, I personally just don’t like waiting in huge long lines with poorly stocked shelves, with tone of boxes and stuff in the ailes to go around, for mostly “cheapened” versions of known products (shorter/thinner/narrower sizes; lesser all around quality) just to save $.11 or something. (Few people know this, but they do not have the same items for the most part for less, they are made/built just for Walmart, to meet their demands, and sometimes this means you are getting less for less.) But that is just me, vote with your own wallet. I am at least as thrifty as the next person, just find value in other places. Target, Smart & Final, Costco, Trader Joes, etc. Where brands mean something i can trust.
    (and public school/univ educated, except grad school that is, for what its worth)

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