Say "No" to Wal-Mart Supercenter sign now

We are opposed to any large-scale, big-box development, specifically the proposed Wal-Mart supercenter, on the triangular parcel bordered by Burdeck Street, Princetown Road, and Thompson Street in the Town of Rotterdam.

There are several reasons why such development of this parcel is inappropriate and undesirable. The problems that would be created include, but are not limited to:

Severe infringement on a residential neighborhood
Creation of extreme noise, air, and light pollution
Destruction of Little League ball fields
Possible hindrance to emergency services
Increased safety risk to Jefferson Elementary schoolchildren due to increased traffic flows
Extreme strain on infrastructure (sewers, roads, and sidewalks)

Wal-Mart has systematically invaded communities across America with devastating local consequences. In addition, Wal-Mart introduces a host of economic concerns that suggest they have turned their back on their responsibility to society, despite company rhetoric to the contrary. Among these concerns are:

More than 600,000 of 1.26 million Wal-Mart employees rely on government programs for healthcare benefits resulting in a $1.5 billion cost to taxpayers
Rampant labor violations ranging from child and illegal immigrant labor to sweatshops abroad
Anemic charitable giving in relation to revenues and earnings

More important are the adverse local impacts of:

Chronic vacancies caused by competitor store closures and abandonment of regular Wal-Mart storefronts
Property value declines of 15-20\% of adjacent properties
Exporting of local spending

No one disputes that Wal-Mart offers lower prices, but these come at significant expense in other areas of our lives. The public relations story of increased economic development is actually one of economic displacement, and simply reflects a shift of economic activity rather than creation of new activity. Local merchants, more than providers of goods and services, contribute to civic and cultural life and provide leadership in community affairs. They help create a sense of place and community identity. The inevitable store closures, caused by the arrival of Wal-Mart, result in a significant net decline in total retail employment and property tax revenue within the community.

Preserve the quality of life we enjoy in the Town of Rotterdam. Say No to the proposed Wal-Mart supercenter and keep Rotterdam A Nice Place to Live.

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Vilma WolfBy:
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