Regarding the George; personally I've noticed that when a community does not support local business and as a result loses its merchant class and its stores, it loses a large part of what make it a community. People no longer live in neighborhoods with those that provide their products and services and they no longer shop and eat with their neighbours.
I've also noticed that there are always those within the community who take a stand against things that will in any way help our merchant class to succeed if they perceive that it will in some way bring change to their life. I believe this is a serious miscalculation. I think in trying to preserve a community that they see as ideal; they in fact sentence that community to a slow death.
Now I'm not saying that any growth is good growth and that we should allow the merchant class to design and run our communities. I am however saying that I am equally not willing for those who fear change and do not appreciate or value the merchants of their community, to design and run my community.
I have seen too many stores in Gibsons go out of business; too many business people who have risked and sacrificed and dreamed, only to lose it all when the community did not support them. Their story matters as well and if we do not allow the George and other such enterprises to see the light of day many more will join their ranks.