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2002-03-15
Mesa, AZ. Wal-Mart Buys Its Vote Into Town

On March 12th, 19,916 voters in Mesa, Arizona voted in favor of Proposition 300 -- to approve the city council's 4- to 3 vote earlier in favor of changing existing zoning laws to allow a Wal-Mart superstore to be built on a 35-acre lot near the city's airport. We indicated last month that Wal-Mart has spent at least $84,000 to fund its own astro-roots group called the Voters for a Better Mesa, and they got a "better" outcome for the corporation, walking away with 67% of the vote. 9,831 residents voted against "down-zoning" the industrial land to commercial. This vote caps a 4 year effort by Wal-Mart to get into Mesa, and indicates that money helps buy sprawl. Opponents said it was foolish to use industrial land for retail purposes, hoping for a "better" economic payoff for the valuable location. But now the land has been dedicated to sprawl. Corporate democracy put Mesa up for sale to the highest bidder.

What you can do: For more history on the "Money Buys Mesa" Wal-Mart battle, search this database by "Mesa" and contact info@sprawl-busters.com for local contacts.










 
 
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