A Win for WalMart

A pro-smart growth group in Lockport, NY attempted to stop a WalMart Supercenter from being built in their town, but the state supreme court rejected their appeal.

Aaron Besecker writes, "Lockport Smart Growth had challenged approvals by the town Planning Board, arguing the body had granted variances, a power given only to a Zoning Board of Appeals.

The town had argued it was not variances that were granted, but were waivers, and permitted under state law."

Full Story: Lawsuit against Lockport Walmart ends with high court ruling



Stopping Sprawl-Marts

State residents can work to get an initiative on their ballot putting the location of stores like Wal-Mart to question for voters to decide on.

People can also not shop at these stores- that is a good way to pull the plug on them. Wal-Mart opened a store in Germany that few shopped at, so they pulled out.

Sprawlbusters at http://www.sprawl-busters.com/ is one resource, as is Big Box Swindle by Stacy Mitchell and resources at the New Rules Project www.newrules.org/retail

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