One comment in the story is:
"they'd like to see a "quality, affordable" grocery store, along with a post office, an ATM, a coffee shop, a dry cleaner, a bakery and a sewing service."
I hope that these people realize that while they may want these kind of stores, the people running them will have to see those stores as economically viable.
Anyway, notice a pattern in this story--first the complaints were that there was too much retail. Now the complaints are that there is not enough retail. Could it actually be that neighbors do not want Alma Plaza developed at all so that there will not be an increase in the "dreaded traffic"?
Will the City Council actually make a decision regarding Alma Plaza in our lifetime?