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STORE WARS: When Wal-Mart Comes To Town



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Wal-Mart Stores
Wal-Mart's official site includes corporate information, investor relations, company news, real estate, research information, job openings, listings of "good works" and more. Find company statements on issues such as unions, guns, stickered music, sweatshop allegations, the morning after pill and more.

Wal-Mart Watch
Sponsored by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) "to give voice to the concerns of Wal-Mart associates and to the concerns of the communities where Wal-Mart operates," this site reports on towns fighting Wal-Mart, consumer alerts and names the "Top 10 Worst Wal-Mart Actions."

Behind the Label: "Made in China"
A comprehensive report profiling U.S. companies using Chinese factories is featured on this National Labor Committee's site. The mission of NLC is to educate and actively engage the U.S. public on human and labor rights abuses by corporations. The site is searchable by corporation including Wal-Mart.

"Holding corporations accountable," the Corpwatch site offers information on corporate power, corporate globalization and grassroots resistance to it. A photo gallery, issue library (including articles on Wal-Mart) and garment industry/sweatshop links are among the highlights.

Anti-Sprawl and Smart Growth

SprawlWatch Clearinghouse
Offers a wealth of information on best land use practices culled from other sites. Also offers a state-by-state breakdown of recent legislature, as well as existing area laws.

Congress for the New Urbanism
Advocating the restructuring of public policy and development practices for urban centers and towns, CNU's comprehensive site has event information, a newsletter, an image bank, a speakers bureau, reports and extensive links.

Sierra Club's Sprawl Page
This Sierra Club site features reports, articles, research and activist resources on urban, suburban and rural sprawl.

Sprawl City
Aiming to make the facts about sprawl more easily available to the public, SprawlCity utilizes U.S. Census Data and a glossary of terms to better inform the public about how sprawl affects communities.

Environmental Protection Agency's Antidotes to Sprawl
This EPA site provides a list of major trends, consequences and solutions to sprawl-like development patterns and lists the federal agencies that provide assistance to communities struggling with local land-use issues.

The Smart Growth Network
This useful site is full of tools communities can use, including a policy database that shares examples of small growth techniques used in regions around the country.

Planners Web Sprawl Guide
This sprawl resource guide, published by the Planning Commissioners Journal, thoroughly examines the key issues, including sprawl's roots, problems and solutions. The site also includes links to dispersed development issues for individual states.

Local Government Commission
This nonpartisan organization is devoted to educating and inspiring elected officials to develop local solutions to problems of sprawl. Site addresses issues ranging from air quality to bike and pedestrian design, and includes a matchmaking page that helps to unite developers with government officials.

Sprawl-busting guru Al Norman's site contains information on anti-chain groups nationwide and information on how to subscribe to his newsletter, the Sprawl Busters Alert, the most current news on sprawl-busting activities.

The New Rules Project of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance
This site offers an array of policy tools that communities use to foster local ownership of retail and a more intimate link between commerce and place. Includes the Hometown Advantage Bulletin, a bimonthly newsletter.

Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy
The Brookings Institution Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy seeks to shape a new generation of urban policies that will help build strong neighborhoods, cities and metropolitan regions. Web site highlights include policy reports, Census 2000 studies, resources, reading lists and speeches.

Ashland/Hanover Citizens for Responsible Growth
The Web site of the citizens' group that formed in opposition to the building of a Wal-Mart in the town of Ashland. The organization continues to advocate for good planning, zoning and development practices in the Ashland/Hanover community.


National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education and advocacy to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize communities. Their Main Street program serves as a clearinghouse for information, technical assistance and advocacy on preservation-based commercial district revitalization.

Trust for Public Land
TPL helps to create urban parks, gardens, greenways and riverways and helps build livable communities by setting aside open space, conserving land and safeguarding the character of communities by preserving historic landmarks and landscapes.


Friction Magazine
Video and print interviews with STORE WARS filmmaker Micha X. Peled.

Reason Magazine
A series of articles by journalists arguing on both sides of the "sprawl brawl."

New Village Magazine
Published by the national organization Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, the online magazine focuses on community planning, development and renewal for professionals and citizen activists.

Ashland, Ashland: The Story of a Turn-of-the-Century Railroad Town by Roseanne Groat Shalf (Brunswick, 1994).

Slam-Dunking Wal-Mart: How You Can Stop Superstore Sprawl in Your Hometown by Al Norman (Raphel Marketing, 1999).

Covering Urban Sprawl: Rethinking the American Dream: An RTNDF Journalists' Resource Guide by David Goldberg

The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs (Vintage, 1993).

Hometown Advantage: How to Defend Your Main Street Against Chain Stores and Why It Matters by Stacy Mitchell (Institute for Self Reliance, 2000).

In Sam We Trust: The Untold Story of Sam Walton and How Wal-Mart Is Devouring America by Bob Ortega (Times Books, 2000).

No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies by Naomi Klein (Picador, 2000).

The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration: 1966-1999 by Ray Suarez (Free Press, 1999).

Once There Were Greenfields: How Urban Sprawl Is Undermining America's Environment, Economy and Social Fabric by F. Kaid Benfield, Matthew D. Raimi, and Donald D.T. Chen (New York: Natural Resources Defense Council, 1999).

Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream by Andres Duany, et al (North Point Press, 2001).

"Measuring the Economic and Sociological Impact of the Mega-Retail Discount Chains on Small Enterprise in Urban, Suburban and Rural Communities," (originally published in 1997, last updated 10/22/99) by Edward B. Shils, Ph.D.


Subdivide and Conquer: A Modern Western
This film explores the consequences of sprawl in cities, suburbs and towns, the history of this automobile-centered pattern of development, and alternatives for creating more livable communities. Go to "Sample the Film" for an entertaining and informative Flash preview.

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