Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Why No Wal Mart? Resident Reason # 5


Firstly, On a most basic level, I object to the mall-ization, the exurban-ization, and the
homogenization of the city. Would those who have written to endorse
Wal-Mart¹s move to Georgia Avenue be as enthusiastic if Wal-Mart proposed
to settle in on Connecticut Avenue, NW, elbowing out the independently owned
toy store, children's clothing shop, liquor store, movie house, café, etc.,
that currently do business there?

Secondly, Wal-Mart does not pay a living wage to most of its workers,

Thirdly, the low cost to the consumer comes at a high cost in the bigger
scheme of things. Once upon a time, Wal-Marts hung banners in their stores
proclaiming that their products were made in the U.S.A. Now we'd need to
read the labels on the $8 jeans, etc., to confirm that most of what they
sell so cheaply is made in factories located across the planet. That's bad
for the ecosystem and it's bad for the economy.

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