Mega-Distribution Centers: Not On My Farmland

The development of mega-distribution warehouses, like one the size of 40 football fields, is being met with resentment and resistance by many residents.
December 31, 2003, 6am PST | Connie Chung
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A developer is planning to build four retail distribution centers--in total, the size of 40 football fields--in a farmtown in eastern Pennsylvania. The development has been met with resistance from residents who fear that the distribution centers will negatively affect their quality of life. "Fueling the development of distribution centers in Pennsylvania and other states has been a drive among retailers to reduce costs by replacing multiple, smaller distribution centers with a single, bigger, higher-tech facility in an area that is centrally located to more stores....To accommodate the trend, developers are pushing farther beyond saturated metropolitan areas in search of cheaper land, less congested highways, and sites within a day's drive of as many major cities as possible."

Thanks to Richard Layman

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Published on Tuesday, December 23, 2003 in The Philadelphia Inquirer
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