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No Wal-Mart? Three Cheers! But Now What?
March 29th, 2007

Wal-Mart is not coming to New York, and the Sun is accusing the City Council of gloating.

Out of towner bloggers are doing their share of rubbing it in, as well. One writes that “hopefully this beautiful city will resist the malling of America for many years more.” Another marvels that “people in New York City may be snobby, but they stand united.”

Some people are unhappy about this. And at least one is a bit confused.

Meanwhile, some New Yorkers are looking ahead.

“Now the unions and politicians that worked so hard to keep Wal-Mart out of Gotham have a moral obligation to help low-income New Yorkers find another way to get low-cost goods,” writes Errol Louis in the Daily News.

Neighborhood Retail Alliance agrees:

“We have been arguing all along that the city needs to have a strategy to promote the development of supermarkets in poor neighborhoods. It needs to work with, and this should be a priority of new food czar Ben Thomases, the food industry-business and labor alike-to device a development strategy. As we have pointed out. before, Pennsylvania and the Food Trust of Philadelphia is pioneering precisely this kind of innovative development effort. NYC needs to emulate this model.”

By on March 29, 2007, 8:03 am
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