10 February 2007

Northcross Wal-Mart Protest

Red-clad Austinites turned out in force in an attempt to stop the proposed two-story 219,000-square-foot Wal-Mart store.

Click below to view the local news from Austin City Hall last night:

This shot above was taken on the side street north of Northcross Mall. Notice, there are people on both sides of the street.

It was colder than most of us expected, but the neighborhood turned out in force with signs in their hands, smiles on their faces and songs on their lips. I love this city!!!

Even those who typically don't oppose Wal-Mart turned out to oppose the Northcross Superstore. Many question, "Why put a mammoth store in an area that isn't and won't be equipped to handle the increased traffic?" and "Why place a two-story, 24-hour store in a neighborhood of single family homes and small businesses?". Wal-Mart didn't consult with neighborhood groups and there was no City Council public hearing (anything to do with salivating over tax revenues?)on a this project that will change the entire landscape.


zzzpirate said...

Good on you for standing together in community spirit to protect what is collectively valued and at the heart of what makes your locality!

Erik said...

It was great to see the community come out together. We have a wonderful city and it is because we have people that get involved.