Monday, April 05, 2004

Wal-Mart

This strikes me as a really good idea:
Inglewood voters go to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to turn over 60 acres of barren concrete adjacent to the Hollywood Park racetrack to Wal-Mart to create a megastore and a collection of chain shops and restaurants.
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Company officials say that Wal-Mart adopted this aggressive new tactic only after it became clear that Inglewood officials - backed by allies in organized labor, church groups and community organizations - would never approve the complex.
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The only city official vocally supporting the project is the mayor, Roosevelt F. Dorn. He said the complex would bring more than 1,000 new permanent jobs, add $3 million to $5 million a year to the distressed city's tax base and provide a revenue stream to finance as much as $100 million in new bonds. "We're talking about a new police station, a new community and cultural center, a new park in District 4, upgrades for every park and recreation area in Inglewood," Mr. Dorn said. "As far as I'm concerned, it's a no-brainer."
Another fight against the abuse of zoning laws has been long overdue.

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