Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Office Depot Listened to the Neighbors

A year ago I groused about the way a new Office Depot store had been built, and even made a short video about one of its signs. The main idea was not that neighbors didn't want the store near their homes; it was that the design of the store and the sign weren't appropriate for their setting.

I didn't do anything more about it after that, but a bunch of my neighbors in both the Aycock and Fisher Park neighborhoods did. They kept writing and calling Office Depot, and organized a petition and neighborhood boycott.

Office Depot finally paid attention and removed the offending sign last week. That was a nice thing to do, since Office Depot was not legally obligated to do it. Thanks, Office Depot.

Just a thought: all the efforts of the neighbors, and the wasted expense for Office Depot in putting up then taking down the sign, could probably have been avoided if someone from the company had met with the surrounding neighborhood associations during the planning process.


Anonymous said...

Good to see Greensboro's neighborhoods finally win one. I hope we win many more.

Anonymous said...

amazing..I think if towns like Mocksville can have very attractive stores that fit in with it surroundings, Greensboro can too. Maybe the city should impose some kind of design restriction in or on the edge of historic neighborhoods