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Big Box Backlash – Citypaper Examines Opposition To Proposed Remington Walmart Complex

Big Box Backlash

Citypaper Examines Opposition To Proposed Remington Walmart Complex

From the Baltimore Citypaper:

By Andrea Appleton and Hannah Bruchman | Posted 7/21/2010

In February, city residents learned that a proposed 11-acre housing and retail development at 25th and Howard streets would include a nearly 94,000-square-foot Walmart. The news has since spurred a lot of dialogue, to put it nicely. Everyone from John Waters to Denise Whiting, the owner of Café Hon, has weighed in on the matter (the former con, the latter pro).

In fact, the proposed development has incited a hydra-headed opposition. While many of the affected community associations quietly negotiate concessions with the city and the developer, other groups have taken a more vocal stance. To date, the development has triggered the formation of at least three organizations. These groups run the gamut from those who oppose Walmart on principle to those seeking large concessions from the developer to those who take issue with the way the city is addressing the inevitable spike in traffic the development will bring.

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