||[Apr. 15th, 2009|02:39 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
I missed this announcement when it originally went out on davis_square. Here's a summary:
Kotobukiya in Porter Square is being forced to CLOSE:And, here's the letter I'm writing:
If you would like to contact Lesley to let them know how you feel about them giving Kotobukiya the boot, here is their office of public affairs: http://www.lesley.edu/public_affairs/index.html
4/9/2009 davis_square posting: http://community.livejournal.com/davis_square/1725186.html
4/14/2009 porter_square posting: http://community.livejournal.com/porter_square/35840.html
15 April 2009
Lesley Office of Public Affairs
29 Everett Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: (617) 349-8525
Fax: (617) 349-8526
To whom it may concern,
I am a Somerville resident, local to the Porter Square area and I’m extremely unhappy with your decision to refuse a Kotobukiya, the small Japanese store, a longer lease.
You are forcing out a twenty-year veteran of that space. I have been purchasing my Japanese (and other Asian) food, snacks, and supplies there for EIGHTEEN of those twenty years. They are unfailingly polite and good to the community. They not only supply immigrants and visitors with reminders from home, but also help to introduce locals to other cultures.
They are situated in an excellent location for a small store, allowing many of us to walk to and through the area to purchase not only what the store has to offer, but also bringing in people of all ages. I see children nibbling on sweet breads and older people getting their rice and newspapers. I am positive that the other businesses within the Porter Exchange get a considerable boost from Kotobukiya’s customers just as Kotobukiya gets a boost from people going through the building.
You already have a book store location in the building. You do not need to force out this community favorite to expand yourself. There are more than enough locations that are available for rent at prices that a University can much more easily afford than a small shop.
Please, don’t be a bully.
Kelly J. Cooper
I'm still editing it, but that's the gist. Feel free to borrow language from it or make comments on it. I'm not so good at writing things when I'm peevish.