Petition Started to Protect Historic District


Some people who live in the Poplar Springs Historic District are doing what they can to stop Dollar General from opening a new location there.

An online petition has been started. It's called called 'Stop Dollar General's Sabotage of a National Historic District in Meridian, Mississippi'. At least 130 people have signed it.

The organizers of the petition say they were actually against the moratorium, and would be O.K. with Dollar General, if it were built the right way.

"Everyone in this city would love to see this spot developed. We would," said Meridian resident Sarah Johnson. "This neighborhood would love to see this stuff developed. But any building here in this spot needs to respect the historic nature of everything around it."

The petition may be viewed and signed by going to change.org. A link is provided below.


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  • by pat Location: meridian on Jun 12, 2012 at 08:14 PM
    At one time this area was one of the most beautiful areas of Meridian.Just drive through and look at how some of the homes have been trashed by the individuals living in them. WHAT A SHAME. Now all they need is a Dollar General to add to the final destruction. Why can't this district be preserved and the people who have caused the destruction of some of those beautiful homes be made clean them up.
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      by Not Surprised on Jun 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM in reply to pat
      Beats me, why can't Meridian have a mayor that cares about the entire town instead of a 4 block square area. A Dollar General is not going to ruin a city that is already in ruins.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 10, 2012 at 04:57 PM
    Not all cities are about making a buck. If you do not preserve the beauty of the city they all the beauty homes will be abandoned (like a lot of them are being now) and the people will move out of the city.
  • by John Location: Meridian on Jun 10, 2012 at 01:02 PM
    I am a homeowner in the historical district , and I purchased my home knowing that the Point intersection of Polar springs Drive is a commercial area . All the other homeowners there know this too . The proposed building of a Dollar General there is legal since it is commercially zoned property .
  • by Bill Location: Meridian on Jun 9, 2012 at 12:35 PM
    I understand that the location for the proposed Dollar General has been commercial property for fifty years , and that the property has been up for sale for over ten years . Also ; I understand that the property is now under a signed contract to be sold . If Dollar General does not buy the property , then let these griping home owners buy it if they are so opposed to Dollar General . They all know that there is commercially developed property thruout that area .
  • by Dislikes Meridian Location: Meridian on Jun 8, 2012 at 06:52 PM
    Let's have a petition started that involves tearing down some of these eyesores throughout Meridian, especially on 25th Avenue as you go towards downtown. Meridian used to be full of nice houses. Not anymore. No wonder people are escaping this town. No jobs and the ghetto and crack houses are taking over. Would love to leave this town for good!!!
  • by James Location: Meridian on Jun 8, 2012 at 06:48 PM
    The signatures on this petition need to be verified for city residency. No other names should be considered in the total. Also, this Ms. Johnson is signing petitions against Dollar Generals in other states?! Is it a personal vendetta?
  • by Meridianite Location: meridian on Jun 8, 2012 at 04:11 PM
    Lets start a petition to have Bobby Smith pay back the tax money he blocked by stonewalling the Dollar General. He must go! He is a disaster. The "Ray Boswell" of the city council.
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