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Alleged Wal-Mart Negotiations Protested in Brooklyn

The Epoch Times, By Tara MacIsaac, July 21, 2011. Wal-Mart Free NYC reported on Thursday that Wal-Mart representatives had met with development company Related Companies in Brooklyn this week. The group rallied in Brooklyn to protest any negotiations that might lead to the corporation securing a location in the city.

Activists Mount Anti-Walmart Protest

NY1, by Michael Herzenberg, July 21, 2011. Several dozen protesters hit the streets Thursday to denounce Walmart once again. This time they took aim at another company, as well, handing a letter to a representative of Related Companies to demand that it stop negotiating with Walmart to lease a property in East New York to the big box chain.

Wal-Mart Foes Say East New York Is Pleasant Small Town; Big Store Not Needed

PolitickerNY, by Azi Paybarah, July 21, 2011. The legal options to block Wal-Mart from opening a store in East New York are rather limited. So, opponents are trying to win (or hold onto?) public sentiment that the big megastore will drive smaller, well-liked stores out of business. A labor-backed  anti-WalMart group is out with a video today, featuring Councilman Charles Barron and other local residents talking about their appreciation for local store owners who go out of their way to help local residents.

Brooklyn Singh vs. Walmart

The Langar Hall, by Brooklynwala, July 21, 2011. I just got an email from the Working Families Party (a progressive political party in NYC) about the latest developments in mega-corporation Walmart’s latest attempts to set up shop in NYC.  One of the biggest real estate development companies in the city called Related is reportedly in discussions with Walmart about building its first NYC store in the Brooklyn neighborhood of East New York.   The below video put together by ALIGN, the Alliance for a Greater New York, features a Sikh business owner, Iqbal Chhabra.

Forum on urban reinvestment focuses on need to overcome policy obstacles: Large-scale IDA deals said to hamper city

Buffalo News, By Maryellen Tighe, July 20, 2011. The state has powerful business incentives that could be used to promote urban reinvestment and slow down sprawl, advocates of reform say, but current policies prevent that. Industrial development agencies are funded by the deals they make, so numerous large plans are sought, and that prevents smaller local companies from benefiting, Sam Magavern, co-director of the Partnership for the Public Good, said Tuesday at a forum hosted by the group.