Sprawl-Busters Newsflash Blog - Anti-Sprawl news since 1998.
Subscribe to Sprawl-Busters Blog Follow Sprawl Busters on Twitter
Occupy Walmart & Order Al's Books Movies Newsflash! The Case Against Sprawl Home Towns Not Home Depot Victories Your Battles About Us Contact Us  

recent news

List articles
by the month:

2017
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2016
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2015
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2014
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2013
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2012
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2011
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2010
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2009
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2008
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2007
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2006
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2005
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2004
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2003
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2002
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2001
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2000
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

1999
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

1998
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC


Search database by text:

2005-06-25
Harrison, OH. City Council Rejects Wal-Mart Rezoning

Another small town has voted to reject the big box formula for success. The City Council in Harrison, Ohio this week voted down a rezoning that would have paved the way for a Wal-Mart supercenter on 54 acres of land near I-74. Harrison's planning commission had voted 5-0 in favor of the change.
"If you live in this town, you know the name of the people who run your hardware store," said Dave Small, owner of Small's Do It Best Hardware Store. "With all these big boxes, pretty soon it will become generic America. It's hard to find those unique little mom-and-pop stores that give a flavor to the community. People are trying to hold on to that small-town feel, that feeling of community." Residents complained that traffic along New Haven Road was already a serious problem. Destruction of the small business character of the town was a second concern. Third, residents said the town would incur more expenses than revenues from a Wal-Mart superstore. Wal-Mart's mistake in Harrison was choosing land that was zoned for residential use. According to a report from the front lines in Harrison, "On June 21 Harrison City Council rejected a zone change request to build a Wal-Mart SuperCenter in Harrison. The vote came after a two-year battle against the retail giant. We're not sure what's going to happen next - whether they will sue or just go away. But for right now, Wal-Mart has been slam-dunked in Harrison."

What you can do: Has Wal-Mart learned how to read a zoning map? Or do they just not care? For contacts at the Harrison Residents for Responsible Development, contact info@sprawl-busters.com










 
 
"Norman has become the guru of the anti-Wal-Mart movement" ~ 60 Minutes

info@sprawl-busters.com
Strategic Planning ~ Field Operations
Voter Campaigns 
21 Grinnell St, Greenfield ~ MA 01301
(413) 772-6289