Archive for the 'Despoilment' Category

COULD STOP-WALMART EFFORT HAVE WORKED…?

Friday, July 8th, 2016

I can’t begin to count the number of stories I’ve read about citizen groups failing to stop a Walmart being built in their community. Stopping a Walmart is like stopping a Tsunami. So much so that I have given groups that have contacted me about how they might be successful little to no hope for […]

WALMART OUT SHINES THE HEAVENS…

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

I attended Colorado State University back in 1975 and I have fond memories of the brilliant night skies once you got away from the light pollution of Fort Collins. Seeing those stars gets more difficult with each coming year and, some residents of Pagosa Springs believes, each coming Walmart. A Walmart parking lot is a […]

BLAH, BLAH, NEW WALMART, BLAH, BLAH, NO…!

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Yeah, that’s how I feel after writing about Walmart, and protests by local residents when the Bentonvile Behemoth threatens to come to town, for more than a decade. The Writing On The Wal, nee No Cleveland Walmart, began as just one such protest in the Spring of 2005 and over the years communities have reached […]

READING 5,400 PAGES IN 45 DAYS…

Friday, September 4th, 2015

I once read all of Moby Dick in one week, all 638 pages, 135 chapters, for a college class. I hadn’t procrastinated, the professor simply gave us that much time. That was only 91 pages, or so, a day. That load pales before what Walmart is asking of the citizens of Lake Elsinore, California. The […]

AN EMPTY WALMART COSTS $2.95 MILLION…?

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Walmart even makes money off of vacant buildings, lots of money. I know that there is an actual structure involved and parking lot space and land in general, but the idea that Walmart can make more money off the sale of one abandoned building that what all the former employees might have made in a […]

REMEMBER THOSE ASIA SUBCONTRACTOR TIFFS…?

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Walmart—and to be fair, many other garment wholesalers and retailers doing business in Asia—has long been rightly pilloried for the way workers making all that cheap plastic (wearable) crap from China Asia are mistreated. As recently as June, Just Style ran with the headline: Wal-Mart Asia accused of garment worker abuses. Problems with subcontractors, however, […]

WALMART GETS ENTITLEMENTS…?

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

In reading yet another story about Walmart battling local governments, this time the matter involved on-again, off-again, on-again liquor permits in Pomona California, I came up short at in the third paragraph: On May 28th, I sent a letter to the City asking for the withdrawal of the alcohol conditional use permit for the (Walmart) […]

HOW IMPORTANT IS A ONE PERCENT TAX…?

Friday, July 17th, 2015

A sales tax of one percent means buyers pay a penny on the dollar, a dime on $10 and a whole dollar on $100. Is that enough to make customers shop elsewhere? Does such a tax confer an unfair disadvantage on a retailers? Perhaps. Walmart seems to think so, or perhaps the Bentonvile Behemoth is […]

WALMART FOLLOWED THE RULES, BUT…

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

When a despoiler cut down six live oaks (if you’ve never seen a Live Oak, they are perhaps the East-Coast cousins of the West Coast Redwoods) and 44 other trees to make way for a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Savannah, Georgia, the Bentonvile Behemoth crossed all the t’s and dotted all the I’s. The company […]

DO TAX DOLLARS TRUMP MEMORIES…?

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Growing up in rural Southeastern Ohio I was nightly treated to an experience that I have repeated only during massive power outages here at the other end of the state: a sky filled with stars. Light pollution, even here on the fringe of Cuyaghoga County, masks nearly all the stars in the night sky. Light […]

NOISY, UGLY AND UNSAFE

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Imagine for a moment that you live on Andrews Road in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and your backyard faces a the large green meadow that is the nine-hole, private Oakwood golf course. Summers are pleasant and, with the possible exception of the occasional sliced ball, peaceful. Your house is located in a neighborhood where property values […]

NWIMBY ROUNDUP FOR 22 MARCH…

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

The Writing On The Wal began life as No Cleveland Walmart back in 2005 in response to what would become the first, and only, Walmart within the city limits of Cleveland. No story has become more ubiquitous in my reading than the repetition of: residents fight to keep Walmart out of their neighborhood, residents loose […]

REPURPOSING ONE MORE VACANT WALMART…

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

I have no idea how many abandoned Walmarts there are around the country, but I’m betting that most, like building in Cleveland Heights where I used to live, still sit empty behind the cracked and weed filled parking lots. Occasionally, some enterprising company moves in and tries to partially undo the damage done by the […]

LONG BEFORE WALMART CAME TO INDIA…

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Walmart is not the first multi-national corporation to envision world domination. Nearly a quarter millennium before Walmart landed on the shores of India to exploit the more than a billion customers, there was The Honorable. One of the very first Indian words to enter the English language was the Hindustani slang for plunder: “loot”. According […]

WALMART: 12 GAZILLION, PEOPLE: ZIP…

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

You would think I would get tired of reporting about yet another triumph of a Walmart despoilment project over local businesses and private citizens desires to not have yet another Bentonvile Behemoth Big Box invade their community. I confess that there are times when that is true, but as long as one single family business […]