"This became a very controversial issue for our neighborhood — the most polemical debate that I've seen in almost 20 years," Siqueira said. His institute is embarking a one-year study to determine Whole Foods' impact on Jamaica Plain.
Midtown resident Erik Nordin has mixed feelings about Whole Foods coming to the Detroit neighborhood he has called home for 15 years.
An artist and business owner with five rental units, he called it a "major step forward" and an indication that the neighborhood and city are "turning a corner." But Nordin also worried Whole Foods' presence could draw more national chains and hurt local merchants "who have worked so hard to make (Midtown) come back."
Associated Press writer Corey Williams contributed to this story.
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