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NIMBY's Warm to WalMart

According to a new survey conducted by The Saint Consulting Group, opposition to WalMart developments has fallen while malls, casinos and landfills have increased.
January 16, 2009, 5am PST | Tim Halbur
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"Whether America's Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY) activists actually are losing enthusiasm for fighting their most-hated retail enemy isn't a sure bet, according to Patrick Fox, president of The Saint Consulting Group.

In an interview with, Fox cautioned against reading too much into the numbers, saying that people who support a Wal-Mart in theory can change their tune when one is actually proposed for their neighborhood.

And U.S. anti-sprawl activist Al Norman told that community resistance to Wal-Mart has spiked sharply, not dropped.

Landfills (78%) are the most-opposed type of local development project, followed by a casino (77%) and an aggregate quarry (62%), according to the new Saint Index©.

Fifty-nine percent of Americans say they are more likely to support new commercial projects in their hometown given the current economic situation."

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Published on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 in The Saint Report
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