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Local protestors say ‘No way, no how,’ while the Pittsfield planning commission sez ‘Lordy, our hands are tied. Let’s jus’ make it pretty!’
As the grey and blue giant wants to roll into another exurban sprawl (median income $20-30,000), some locals are fighting back. While the usual litany of complaints seem to have been cited, the planning commission holds that there is no legal reason to deny the Wal-Mart, because apparently public sentiment isn’t a legal justification. Ah, property rights.
The citizens fighting the development are Pittsfield Community First, who had a “sleep-over” for Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott in January (claiming that the proposed Wal-Mart development was keeping parents up at night). Scott did not attend.
Wal-Mart had previously had their plans rejected for refusing to build a brick faÃ§ade on their store (in 2002). They seem ammenable to it now, though.
> Ann Arbor News: Planners ponder Wal*Mart
More on Al Norman, who is credited with starting the anti-Wal-Mart movement, in this 2001 PBS interview. He helped Charlevoix defeat Wal-Mart’s bid there, and is consulting with the Pittsfield Township folks. His website is Sprawl-Busters.
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