What makes you think that Sebastopol's traffic would be significantly affected by the opening of a 2nd location of an amazing, local, sustainable, organic, NPO retailer? The population of Sebastopol won't necessarily rise. If anything, the traffic should be more evenly distributed as consciously influenced shoppers flock from, or divide between, the City's most highly impacted junction where Whole Foods, the corporate underdog of the story, resides.
If any difference in traffic should incur, Sebastopol should see an easement in traffic as devout patrons of Community Market's (CM) Santa Rosa location are enabled to shop locally, thus minimizing their need to commute to Santa Rosa.
What shops in downtown Sebastopol are you concerned that CM's operation will negatively affect? Are you inferring that the supposed increase in traffic would cause people to U-turn half way to their destination, thereby avoiding said businesses or that the breadth of goods sold at CM would encompass some of the specialty items sold in those shops?
Perhaps an agreement could be made between CM and local specialty shops, barring the sales of candles, incense, vintage clothing, and crystals? Then everybody wins!
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