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Anti-Whole Foods Activists Raise Banner at Street Light

The banner, objecting to Whole Foods' plans to come to Hyde Square, was in place for three hours before city crews took it down.

Activists hoisted a banner decrying Whole Foods' plans to come to Hyde Square at a stop light near the site where the corporation has leased property for a grocery store.

The banner read, in Spanish and English, "Whole Foods = Higher Rent."

According to Boston IndyMedia, where the report was posted, the banner "was meant to call attention to Whole Foods' practice of gentrifying working class neighborhoods, driving out long-time residents and attracting other upscale chain stores that push real estate prices even higher."

According to the IndyMedia report, the sign stayed up for three hours before a city crew removed it.

Jamaica Plain residents have been divided about the arrival of the organic foods chain, with some calling it a fierce accelerant to gentrification and others welcoming the chain and the 70 full-time jobs it says it will bring to the neighborhood.

The property Whole Foods has leased was for 47 years home to Hi-Lo Foods, which in the last several decades catered to lower-income and Latino customers. The property owners closed Hi-Lo, though the store's manager said the business was successful and busy.

[Editor's note: JP Patch thanks Universal Hub for pointing out the IndyMedia post.]

Bob from JP March 14, 2011 at 10:52 PM
oh man that's great.... you ever notice how Emmanuel never replies to any of the beatdowns he receives on these message boards?
PG March 14, 2011 at 11:49 PM
thanks, Shai g for making it so clear and simple!
Deselby March 15, 2011 at 02:19 PM
Rents are an issue addressed by Section 8 certificate levels, not for Stalinist control of what kind of commerce is allowed in the neighborhood. In fact, the commerce pays for the Section 8 certificates and public housing.
Scotch March 16, 2011 at 12:34 PM
Quote=Deselby "In fact, the commerce pays for the Section 8 certificates and public housing." --------------------------------------------------BINGO!! Spot on! Exactly!---------------------------------------------
Devil June 02, 2011 at 06:35 PM
The Red Sox have lost three in a row. Do you think Whole Foods has anything to do with it? Maybe we should demand that a percentage of their profits go to getting a new pitcher.

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