Pledge to Boycott Businesses Locating on the Hayes Arboretum Development Land sign now

WHEREAS we consider the Hayes Arboretum in Richmond, Indiana to be a valuable natural resource, a distinctive representation of the quality of Richmond's green areas, and a positive public space that merits preservation; and

WHEREAS we consider the re-zoning and commercial development of a significant and highly visible part of the Hayes Arboretum to be undesirable and harmful act that degrades the quality of life in the Richmond community while also representing an unnecessary risk to the safety of the water supply; and

WHEREAS we acknowledge the widespread availability of existing commercial sites in Richmond that would provide ample and diverse space for the vendors that would otherwise choose to locate in the new Arboretum development, the use of which would contribute more effectively and sustainably to the local economy than the proposed new development; and

WHEREAS we see the development of the Arboretum land as a manifestation of economic priorities that are in conflict with the values and heritage of our community and with the founding purpose of the Arboretum, and that tolerate and even favor the ongoing trend of displacing local businesses with national chain stores that, as institutions, have minimal investment in the long-term health of our local community,

WE THE UNDERSIGNED hereby pledge not to frequent, spend money at, or otherwise patronize or support the locations of the businesses, organizations, or other entities that would choose to locate their operations in the proposed Arboretum development. We make this pledge without any particular ill-will toward them or any illusion that this will prevent said development from carrying forward, but with the hope that the ostensible economic impact of this commitment might inspire those locating in this new development to reflect and act on the harm in which we believe they are participating.

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Latest Signatures

  • 15 December 2015350. Michael S
    City and State Crivitz, WI Development of the arboretum would be an abomination. I was born and raised in Richmond and consider it one of the few spots that is worthy of my time during visits.
  • 03 November 2015349. Amanda M
    I support this petition
  • 21 October 2015348. Andrew Preston
    I support this petition
  • 16 October 2015347. Melissa S
    I support this petition
  • 28 September 2015346. Ian W
    City and State Richmond Indiana Target moved out take that spot!
  • 22 September 2015345. Jason G
    I support this petition
  • 14 September 2015344. Cliff Joeannd
    I support this petition
  • 05 September 2015343. Amber G
    I support this petition
  • 27 August 2015342. Stephanie S
    City and State hagerstown in why destroy the environment when we have so many buildings needing to be filled??!!
  • 12 August 2015341. Patrick Pm
    I support this petition
  • 08 August 2015340. Katy N
    City and State Centerville, IN We have the power to create change - what do we want to envision for our future and our children's futures?
  • 24 July 2015339. Barry B
    I support this petition
  • 15 July 2015338. Sandy P
    City and State Connersville, IN while businesses do not like to build on used ground (brown spaces), I believe it's in the best interest of communities that businesses stay within the originial zonings and reclaim and restore these areas. Urban sprawl is
  • 06 July 2015337. James O
    I support this petition
  • 14 June 2015336. M Shauna
    I support this petition
  • 04 June 2015335. Dennis Cm
    City and State Richmond Indiana Bravo to you, as I told the pallidium, 5,000 people were outvoted by five bozos
  • 04 June 2015334. Stanton L
    I support this petition
  • 31 May 2015333. Emily B
    I support this petition
  • 16 May 2015332. Anna B
    I support this petition
  • 10 May 2015331. Linda M
    I support this petition
  • 05 May 2015330. Sid N
    City and State Richmond, IN I will Boycott all businesses that build there.
  • 28 April 2015329. Robert Ew
    I support this petition
  • 26 April 2015328. David L
    City and State Evansville, IN Former resident of Richmond, IN
  • 30 March 2015327. Shirley Eb
    City and State Richmond, Indiana A travesty to human dignity and preservation.
  • 27 March 2015326. James As
    City and State Richmond, Indiana The Board of Directors of Hayes should have been more frugal in their investments. Too much asphalt east of town now and other places those companies coming in can build on. I can't personally support those business if th
  • 20 March 2015325. Jeanette W
    I support this petition
  • 19 March 2015324. Giulianna L
    City and State Pittsburgh, PA Whenever I come to visit Richmond, I'll be sure not to do any shopping on the former Arboretum land.

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Businesses and organizations locating in Richmond, Indiana


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