Good Food: Bad Neighbors

The Good Food Market in Chestnut Hill is slated to close next Saturday.  I live three blocks from the market, and am, if not heart sick, very sad.  Aside from the style and convenience it garnered on our little neighborhood, I hate what it says about the divisiveness of this community.  The owner Jennifer Zoga has been effectively chastised and shunned by the store’s neighbors.  For some reason, an upscale village market in a building that has always been zoned commercial is a problem to these folks.  I see it as a place to buy coffee at the last minute, run into neighbors, a snow day destination for my kids.  Let’s remember that before Good Food, with its mahogany doors and wonderful signage that would do proud any street in America, was a pack-n-ship store with temporary mailboxes, which pulled onto our street many less than appealing consumers.

Chestnut Hill is studied as an example of one of the most successful and earliest planned communities.  People of mixed incomes live and play together in Chestnut Hill, walking up the Avenue to shop and to the parks to relax.  The community was built this way, and anyone who is not interested in living like this might be better off moving to the suburbs.  In real estate, “location, location, location,” is an oft heard cliché.  Well-kept lawns, proximity to trains and to a fabulous gourmet market like Good Food are examples of what make a desirable location.  Those neighborly naysayers who are launching a battle against Good Food, might do well to remember that if Jennifer does close her store on Saturday, on Sunday morning, their real estate values will probably drop a price point.