No to the Remington Wal-Mart

May 14, 2010

I am moving to Baltimore in a couple days to attend the University of Baltimore School of Law this fall. I have already signed a lease for a home in Remington. I do not want to live near a Wal-Mart. Study after study has confirmed that Wal-Mart creates a net loss of jobs, drives out locally-owned small businesses and depresses wages.

Being from the South, I've seen the effects of Wal-Mart first hand.

Where Wal-Mart doesn't crush all other local businesses, it doesn't make enough of a profit and it quickly moves on, leaving an ugly big box store, unemployed workers and taxpayers holding the bill. An example of this can be seen right in Baltimore at Port Covington.

If Wal-Mart does succeed in wiping out local small businesses, it replaces those jobs with cheap, disposable jobs, which provide low pay, very few if any benefits, and no upward mobility. Furthermore, increased traffic to and from Wal-Mart, in particular the hundreds of diesel big rigs which deliver cheap plastic goods produced in factories 4,000 miles away, bring pollution and noise and destroy local infrastructure.

This is a story that has played out over and over in towns and cities across the country. I hate to see my newly adopted city fall victim.

I urge you to reconsider your support of Wal-Mart at the 25th Street Station. I would support a grocery store, such as Whole Foods, as was originally intended, at the very least a retailer without a history of rabid union busting, widespread systematic discrimination against women, or reliance on taxpayers to provide basic benefits to its employees.

I support the Hampden Community Council's opposition to the development and urge the Charles Village Civic Association and Greater Remington Improvement Association to follow suit.

T. Hayden Barnes, Baltimore

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