In these cynical times, we often assume that someone says something or does something for personal gain or benefit. Like, if I say, “housing prices will not fall” it can only be because I’m a real estate agent and I want to perpetuate the myth of high prices, in order to get people to continue to buy.
However, sometimes people do things for altruistic reasons, and/or because they really feel strongly about something.
NANTUCKET, Mass. â€” With its soda fountains, cobblestone streets and flower-brimming window boxes, Main Street in this island’s downtown area seems preserved in amber. On April 4, residents voted at their annual town meeting to keep it that way, adopting a proposal to ban chain stores and franchises from the core shopping area.
(T)he new bylaw, which was cleared by the island’s planning board, limits stores and restaurants in downtown to companies with fewer than 14 identical outlets and fewer than three standardized features among items like trademarks, menus or employee uniforms.
(T)here was no prohibition on chain stores until Wendy Hudson, a local bookstore owner, proposed one.
“It reduces the need or desire to go places when they all look the same,” said Ms. Hudson, who is the owner of Nantucket Bookworks and co-owner, with her husband, Randy, of Cisco Brewery, an island restaurant. “Nantucket is a hassle to get to, it’s expensive, and if, when you got there, you find the same thing at home, it reduces the experience.”
So, you tell me, is Ms. Hudson protecting Nantucket from chain stores, or is she protecting herself from Barnes & Noble, and protecting her husband from Applebees and McDonalds?
Source: Nantucket Votes to Ban Chain Stores From Downtown – By Stacey Stowe, The New York Times