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Thursday, February 22, 2007



I have really tried to keep an open mind on this issue and listened to the anti-Wal-Mart side, but I haven't heard a single compelling argument. It is inherently unfair to require a retailer to go above and beyond what other retailers are required to do just because the neighborhood doesn't like it. This isn't an issue with traffic. If they were to fill that mall back up with retailers like it was in the late 80s/early 90s, then the traffic would be worse and the neighborhood would be fine with it.

The options that the neighborhood has are to either buy the land from Lincoln or to shut up about it and not shop at Wal-Mart and vote with their dollars.

If the City Council requires Wal-Mart to change anything, then it decreases the value of every piece of commercial land in the city. It signals large retailers that this is not a place that wants their business.

Dee Copeland

I think I've heard the same thing, Chris. I think neighbors just really don't like Wal-mart. Some say that the people who have issues are a small number in comparison to the whole, but they are more vocal.

I've also heard some say that the community effort is actually led by larger, national anti-Walmart groups. I have to be honest and say that if it were me, I'd prefer a mixed-use development as well, but then again, Wal-mart followed the requirements here.


If RG4N were serious about VMU rather than being simply against Wal-Mart, they'd be proposing a VMU project that incorporated the tenants with whom Lincoln has already signed leases. IE, they'd be designing a VMU project that included Wal-Mart.

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