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The Wal-Mart Litigation Project

Tuesday, August 16th, 2005

I stumbled upon this site which keeps track of litigation against Wal-Mart. Make sure you look at the 99 verdicts against Wal-Mart. [via an Ask MetaFilter thread about being falsely imprisoned in Wal-Mart during a power outage.]

Wal-Mart Kills Cleveland Man

Saturday, August 13th, 2005

No, I’m not kidding. A man suspected of shoplifting goods from an Atascocita Wal-Mart — including diapers and a BB gun — had begged employees to let him up from the blistering pavement in the store’s parking lot where he was held, shirtless, before he died Sunday, a witness said. An autopsy for the man, […]

Parma Wal-Mart Drama

Wednesday, June 8th, 2005

It sounds like this person had an excellent time at the Parma Wal-Mart. [Caveat: Link contains one whole swear word.]


Tuesday, June 7th, 2005

I attended a local community leadership workshop last night. We spent some time discussing exactly what defines a community, a neighborhood and a stakeholder. The stakeholder part in particular struck me as relevant concerning this whole Steelyard Commons project. We decided that community stakeholder is a person who has an interest in and is affected […]

Another Wal-Marternative: Barter

Monday, June 6th, 2005

The Daily Wal-Marternative has gone away because I’m having difficulty coming up with a decent idea every single day. But here is another one: Instead of a Wal-Mart why not: Use the steelyard site to set-up a bartering community between local businesses. Some years ago I was in Connecticut visiting a college friend for a […]

Daily Wal-Marternative: Reader Survey

Wednesday, June 1st, 2005

Okay, I’ve been tossing out ideas for about a week. Now it is your turn. What alternatives to Wal-Mart would you like to see? I’ll get you started. Instead of a Wal-Mart why not:

Daily Wal-Marternative: Children’s Museum

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

Instead of a Wal-Mart why not: A children’s museum along the lines of the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, but better. Expand and enhance the current Cleveland Children’s Museum. Building a holistic interactive child-centered museum with natural history, biological and chemical sciences, mathematics, physics, visual art, music and environmental foci will create a destination for classrooms and […]

Big Box Geography

Saturday, May 28th, 2005

For those of you who feel that there aren’t any nearby retail opportunities akin to Wal-Mart; you might want to look at these Google Maps. I went out toward Great Northern Mall today, it took me 15 minutes to get to the Wal-Mart there. I started in Tremont. Maps: K Mart Wal-Mart Target Tops Supermarket […]

Daily Wal-Marternatives: Ideas from a Small Group

Friday, May 27th, 2005

Here are a few of the ideas our small group proposed at the meeting on Wednesday. Instead of a Wal-Mart why not: • A bio-tech industrial park that will allow Cleveland’s already excellent medical system to expand into innovative research. • Salvaging the brownfield by using the towpath as an artery to pump folks into […]

Daily Wal-Marternative: A Box of a Different Color

Thursday, May 26th, 2005

While I’m not keen on creating jobs without a future, which most big-box retail jobs tend to be—if retail is what people want, if retail is the type of development that is appropriate and needful, then we should get what we need. So instead of a Wal-Mart why not: An ethical, conscientious, non-predatory company like […]

Daily Wal-Marternative: Teaching Technological Literacy

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

I’m still cogitating on a solution to yesterday’s post that will provide both jobs and convenience, I’m not sure Wal-Mart will fulfill either, but give me another day. Instead of a Wal-Mart why not: A Center for Technological Literacy that aims to teach everything from the most general tech and computing skills up through basic […]

Daily Wal-Marternative: Future Historic District

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

Instead of a Wal-Mart why not: Plant the seeds for a future historic district by allowing local merchants—people with the same integrity and love for Cleveland as Burt Salzman and his family—to fill the needs of Cleveland. Turn the old steelyard into another Cleveland mini-city, not false-fronted faux friendliness like a Legacy Village, nor a […]

Daily Wal-Marternative: Entrepreneurial Co-op

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

Instead of a Wal-Mart why not: A cooperative, eco-friendly, sustainable entrepreneurial business and tech center along the lines of the Cleveland Environmental Center? Sharing meeting space and upkeep costs will reduce overhead for start-ups, different businesses will have the opportunity to interact with each other, and green-building is not only environmentally friendly, but also helps […]