The Wal-Mart Effect

AlterNet offers a primer on the potentially negative impacts of Wal-Mart, using Chicago as a case study.
June 17, 2004, 1pm PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"As the world's largest corporation and the nation's leading retailer rapidly expands into core urban areas from its original base in small Southern and Midwestern towns, Wal-Mart stores (especially its huge Supercenters with grocery departments) face many objections. Their size destroys community character (the National Trust for Historic Preservation recently said superstores threatened the entire state of Vermont); they create traffic problems and urban sprawl, and they leave behind ugly, unused hulks as business strategies shift (371 Wal-Marts currently stand empty). But the central fight is over the corporation's economic effects on workers and communities."

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Published on Friday, June 11, 2004 in AlterNet
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