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Walmart Stoops Low To Get Support For Baltimore Store

Walmart Stoops Low To Get Support For Proposed Baltimore Store

The Baltimore Citypaper recently introduced Baltimore residents to the mounting opposition for the Walmart/Lowes complex pitched for Remington (Big Box Backlash; Citizen groups oppose Remington development on several fronts).  The article states “the proposed development has incited a hydra-headed opposition” and lists 3 key opposition forces: A Facebook group entitled “Keep Wal-Mart Out of Remington“, Bmore Local, and Baltimore CAN.

Baltimore CAN is the latest and possibly largest group to join the fight against the proposed 25th Street Station big box development for the Remington neighborhood of Baltimore.  Baltimore CAN is currently comprised of 37 area groups including Progressive Maryland, West Baltimore Coalition, Canton Community Association, Bmore Local, Sierra Club Baltimore Branch, Edmondson Avenue Improvement Association, and BUILD among others.  On Thursday, August 5th at 5pm there will be a rally, lead by Bmore Local and Baltimore CAN, against the PUD (Planned Unit Development) for the proposed 25th Street Station development at city hall.

In recent days, Walmart, the anchor store for the proposed 25th Street Station, has created a site in support of the development in Remington.  On the pro-Walmart site they have a button labeled “Join Baltimore CAN” which leads you to a form where one is asked to “Please fill out the form below to sign up for updates from Walmart Baltimore.”  Of course you are not signing up for the real Baltimore CAN, but actually falling victim to Walmart’s sleazy tactic to get contact info from residents -supporters or not.

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Post Update: Since this post Walmart has replaced the Join Baltimore CAN button with Join Our Network.

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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.

For the full article, CLICK HERE.



Remington Walmart Traffic Study Is Out- The Search For Missing Cars Begins

Remington 25th Street Station Traffic Study Released- The Search For Missing Cars Begins

The ‘Draft’ Traffic Impact Study (TIS) for the proposed 25th Street Station big box development project in Remington was recently released and area residents are raising a lot of concerns.  The most intriguing of which might be -What’s the deal with the missing cars?

On the new site EXIT 6, a campaign initiated by residents of Remington to deal with issues raised from the proposed 25th Street Station development and traffic, the question is asked, “Who can solve this mystery?The Lost Cars of Huntingdon Avenue”.

Apparently, according to the study, cars entering the area via Huntingdon Avenue actually disappear, rather than accumulate, making it something akin to the Bermuda Triangle.  Recent posts on the EXIT 6 site related to the missing cars and other concerns provide interesting commentary on the study.  To check out EXIT 6, CLICK HERE.

Other community issues that have been raised about the traffic study include the observation that no dates and times of car counts are provided, the unsubstantiated assumption that 25% of shoppers will walk, bike, or take the bus to the site, the lack of projections for rush hour, Saturdays and holidays and the fact that the information is inconsistent with other Baltimore area Lowes and Walmart stores.

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Post Update: In an analysis of the traffic study done by the Mobtown Shank, it is reported that traffic will increase 129 times from what it is now in the area on weekends.  For more information, CLICK HERE.

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