Some Ant. Some Sledgehammer.

“My interpretation is you’re killing an ant with a sledgehammer.” — John Lanni, speaking of the residents trying to deal with Domestic Bank’s use of their neighborhood as a parking lot

I’m not one for quoting other people and then just leaving it at that, but that one just about says it all, doesn’t it? Domestic Bank is an ant, and the neighbors of Forest Hills are a sledgehammer. That’s right — that’s the way John Lanni sees it. And when Pep Boys and Home Depot were ants and they were trying to crawl into Cranston, Mr. Garabedian was a very nice soft thing (not a sledgehammer) who got rid of them.

Anyway, I’m with Emilio. This issue is not going away. It’s a prelude to several other unresolved battles — the Cullion concrete plant and Mulligan’s Island open space being next in line.


11 thoughts on “Some Ant. Some Sledgehammer.

  1. Didn’t John Lanni and Rick Santamaria go out and visit with the neighbors surrounding Jimmy D’s. Aren’t they also fed up with the parking issues. Someone better get the ant spray. Damn the sledgehammer.

  2. Cranston and it’s Council are quickly gaining a reputation around the state as being “anti-resident”. Maybe, that is what they really want – a giant commercial zone without the pesky residents getting in the way.

  3. I prefer this quote from John Lanni that didn’t make it into the papers: “This [resident permit parking] ordinance is a tool to exert political pressure on me.”

    That’s right, Johnny, it’s all about you.

  4. Yes, Anti-resident. Today many locals could be heard on Talk Radio this a.m. about the Fireman contract and what a sell out that was….Domestic has been going on forever. We better start lining “our ducks in a row” of who we want on the council for next election. I certainly hope that one of the Forest Hill residents will be at the next council meeting to ask R U voting on your special intesests or that of the people ~ because it doesn’t appear they have that many folks saying they are for the Bank…or do they.

  5. If Cranston did become a giant commercial zone with no residents- John Lanni would not get re-elected, since there would be no more registered voters. I don’t believe businesses actually vote. Since it is all about him- he wouldn’t let it go that far.

    I missed the statement about shooting bank employees. Water balloons would serve 2 purposes- lets residents vent frustrations, and bank employees forced to walk the “gauntlet” would get a refreshing soaking. Perhaps then they would push their employer to come up with a plan?
    All the kings’ horses and all the kings’ men can’t seem to do it once again.

    Not mentioned in the Herald article is the parking lot I mentioned last week being torn up just up the road. Completed already and in use.

  6. I think that a lot of the business owners live outside of Cranston, which is similar to most cities. Unfortunately a lot of the people influencing decisions in all cities are not even residents.

  7. Rachel and others involved in preserving open space in Cranston,

    Recently, Target tried to move into Portsmouth, RI, and a community movement called Preserving Portsmouth rose up and defeated them. John McDaid, who blogs here: has been active in the movement and I have emailed him asking for some comment on how the group worked to defeat the commercial expansion. I will do a post about this once I have all the research done.

    You can visit Preserving Portsmouth here:

  8. Kiersten,
    I spoke to the organizer of Preserve Portsmouth after viewing their website last week and they’re definitely an inspiration for us in Cranston. I’m looking forward to reading your post and I encourage others to visit their website, it’s very well done.

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