According to the LA City Planning Commission, NOT allowing Wal-Mart to build a new store in Chinatown at the corner of Caesar Chavez and Grand Ave would hurt the neighborhood’s economy. But hasn’t the presence of Wal-Mart destroyed local economies all across the country? I’m trying to figure out how not allowing it would hurt things. Chinatown is one of the few walkable neighborhoods with mixed use development still left in the city. Contrast that with 33,000 square feet of warehouse space (just the thought of that is unappealing). And what big box store is complete without a sea of parking? So let’s see here: driving out local businesses + depressed wages + destruction of walkable public space + increased traffic congestion = good for the economy? Of course! Now I see it!


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