Congratulations! You did it! And I mean you, listening to the radio in your car, or peering through your email inbox or surfing the Web to SamAdamsAlliance.org.
If you were one of the thousands who called or wrote the Target Corporation or took a flyer to your local store, asking Target not to be part of any eminent domain abuse, well, you won. We all won.
I’ve talked several times about the Arlington Heights, Illinois, government using eminent domain to push out small businesses at the International Plaza shopping center. You see, the village had a deal with Target to build a $19 million Super Target on that property.
But the owner and tenants of International Plaza fought. And people rallied ’round them. The folks at the new Sam Adams Alliance began to publicize the issue nationwide, and so did this commentary program. There are a lot of good neighbors across this country. We urged folks thousands of miles from Arlington Heights to speak out to Target as customers.
It worked. Target received thousands of letters, emails, flyers and phone calls. And Target pulled out of the deal. According to comments made by the mayor when the village board also voted to terminate the deal, it was the public response that moved Target. For now, International Plaza is safe.
So, let’s shop till we drop. At International Plaza. At Target. Wherever free citizens so choose. Thanks to you.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.
Show Target your appreciation – and remind them to continue to respect property rights in the future! Download and print this letter, and take to the manager at your local Target branch.