pfim wrote:They own the Mall in Robinson and half of Robinson Towne Center as well.
All boycotting Station Square will do is save you a few pennies and make you feel like you "made a difference." But you won't have made a difference. Forest City doesn't care if you buy your Terrible Towel somewhere else, if anything it would encourage them to find more attractions (a casino?) to their property.
You're right, I just checked, Ratner does own the Robinson Property, I didn't know that. Wow.
I will take exception to your comment that boycotts don't make a difference, they're an amazingly successful economic tool. Even the threat of a boycott can work wonders. Think about it. Forest City / Ratner doesn't employ PR and marketing people for nothing. They are extremely serious about driving people to their properties. Even the threat of a boycott could encourgaqe businesses to look elsewhere to open their storefronts.
Warner Center and the Bank were once attractive developments too, but they're either a shell of what they once were (Warner center) or ancient history (The Bank Center). Those who have lived in Pittsburgh for years will remember that there used to be a huge mall on the Northside as well.
NO businessman wants negative publicity for their businesses.
The one arguement that holds no currency what-so-ever is that boycotts don't work. Trust me, if the words boycott and Forest City are ever put together in the same sentence in a PG article, Ratner will have it on his desk that day, and there will be an immediate response. Now they may not change any policies, (If the Boycott is deemed to be so small as to be insignificant) but if they think it might taint even a portion of the publics opinion of their property, they WILL respond.
Now, whether or not we could ever organize a boycott with enough significance to change Forest City's policies, that's probably NOT going to happen. It definately makes me feel better about myself though when I don't spend my hard earned money at a business or enterprise that I feel is irresponsible, and hey, that's good enough for me.