Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Those Who Said No Thanks

Read articles from 277 communities that have said 'no' to Wal-Mart (including Saranac Lake and Lake Placid).

UPDATE:Actually, they said 'no' to big box stores in general. I haven't checked all 277 cities, but 'anonymous' did spend over 21 minutes checking out the sites so there may be some cities that welcomed big box stores and 'sprawl-busters got it wrong.


Anonymous said...

Your statement is a little missleading in that you infer that "all" of these 227 communities have said "no" and thus prevented Wal-Mart from coming in or expanding in their respective communities. Upon a closer analysis of some of the postings and a little checking this merely lists groups of communities which had anti-Wal-Mart activist activities - as to their complete success in this endeavor is accurately represented in your "277 they said NO" inference this can be debateable. Check your facts a little more closely next time and try not to post such a clearly biased statement!

Adirondack Wal-Mart said...

I will try harder thanks.

From the site:The following 277 communities have beaten a big box store in their community at least once, or pressured a developer to withdraw. In some cases a big box store may come back a second time, moved to another location in the town, or otherwise gotten in. But every city or town on this list defeated a store at least one time. This is the Sprawl-Busters list only. There are many big box victories we never hear about. To see stories in the Newflash database about a community, click on one of the towns listed below.

Karina Jackson said...

There are so many more communities that aren't even on this list that have been fighting Wal-mart both successfully and unsuccessfully. I was just talking about the issue with two Peace Corps volunteers here in Mongolia and they said that both of their hometowns in Washington and New Mexico fought Wal-mart, the town in Washington won (by keeping zoning laws below the square footage Wal-mart wanted)and the town in New Mexico lost. The town in New Mexico has since lost local pharmacies, book stores, and clothing boutiques that couldn't compete with Wal-mart. Did you know that the average salary for a Wal-mart employee is less than $14,000 per year, and they have to pay the first $1,000 of medical expenses before insurance kicks in (if they are lucky enough to get benefits)? How can someone live off of that salary, I can't imagine raising a family off of that! The current job postings in the paper pay better!