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(Boulder Daily Camera)   Even though Walmart owns the property, and Walmart won't return calls, and the locals don't want a Walmart, and a large-scale grocery store is being built on the lot, nobody knows for sure who is behind the operation. Not even the mayor   (dailycamera.com) divider line 168
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2012-08-26 08:02:00 AM
If only there were so way a ayor and city council could pass an ordinance to demand the contractor reveal details of the site.
 
2012-08-26 08:15:01 AM
Jinjo koopa mtreared babaloo.

What? I thought this was a non-English, gibberish thread.
 
2012-08-26 08:18:01 AM
WHERE'S THE PLANS, OBAMA?
 
2012-08-26 08:18:27 AM
Do reporters even do "investigation" anymore? A quick check to see who requested the building permits would likely answer the question.
 
2012-08-26 08:19:56 AM
The peoples republic of Boulder will demand an answer and then they shall demand low low prices.
 
db2
2012-08-26 08:24:52 AM
Quick, Scoob, let's get to the bottom of this.
 
2012-08-26 08:26:50 AM

wambu: Do reporters even do "investigation" anymore? A quick check to see who requested the building permits would likely answer the question.


Too easy.
 
2012-08-26 08:31:08 AM
Sounds like the mayor knows it's Wal-Mart, is happy that it's Wal-Mart but is feigning ignorance to avoid the ire of his constituency.
 
2012-08-26 08:33:20 AM

wambu: Do reporters even do "investigation" anymore? A quick check to see who requested the building permits would likely answer the question.


Considering that most of them, if not all, have a degree in "communications," I highly doubt that they can have a complete thought, let alone figure out how to do something as complicated as going to city hall to inquire at the zoning office.
 
2012-08-26 08:33:46 AM
Empty store fronts, ok, a grocery store not ok.
 
2012-08-26 08:34:01 AM
Ghosts. I'll bet it's ghosts.
 
2012-08-26 08:35:48 AM
It sounds like there are plenty of other options to buy grocerys in town. If you don't agree.... Don't go.
 
2012-08-26 08:37:30 AM
Aliens, obviously.

/not saying it is aliens 
 
2012-08-26 08:38:09 AM

wambu: Do reporters even do "investigation" anymore? A quick check to see who requested the building permits would likely answer the question.


Do idiots even read articles anymore? A quick check of the article would have likely told you "The city planning staff has gone back and looked at the building permits to make sure if there's any tenant name, and from what they are indicating, they don't have a tenant name."
 
2012-08-26 08:39:14 AM

ryarger: Sounds like the mayor knows it's Wal-Mart, is happy that it's Wal-Mart but is feigning ignorance to avoid the ire of his constituency.


In other words, the mayor is corrupt, and democracy doesn't work.
 
2012-08-26 08:39:48 AM
Nice biased headline. Translation: Several slacktivists cared enough about opposing Walmart that they took the time out of their busy lives to... send an email. One of them was the author of the article.
 
2012-08-26 08:40:40 AM

theflatline: Empty store fronts, ok, a grocery store not ok.


*A grocery store known for contributing to more empty store fronts rather than less not ok.
 
2012-08-26 08:42:32 AM
Everyone loves low prices.
media.nj.com
 
2012-08-26 08:44:02 AM
Similar thing in my home town. Mayor knows wallmart will keep shoppers from going two towns over for their big-box fix but locals are all nimby.
 
2012-08-26 08:46:56 AM
I'm not saying it's a Walmart
philanthropy.com
But, it's a Walmart.
 
2012-08-26 08:47:34 AM
Same thing happened to a Walmart in Jacksonville. It was built in a shiatty neighborhood known for drugs and hookers walking the streets, and as soon as the wal mart was built, they blamed the drugs and the hookers on Walmart..

I do not think every place should have a Walmart, but in this trying economic times Walmart is a good option if you are trying to stretch a buck. Not being overcharged at Whole Foods.
 
2012-08-26 08:47:42 AM

LegoLewdite: theflatline: Empty store fronts, ok, a grocery store not ok.

*A grocery store known for contributing to more empty store fronts rather than less not ok.


There is very little profit in selling groceries, the money is made in volume. Join the modern world, you can't hang onto the past forever. Mom and Pop grocery stores are a part of history.
 
2012-08-26 08:47:54 AM
Subby fail.

There is no "lot" just two existing vacant store fronts being combined into one relatively small 52K sq ft grocery (avg. Supertarget is 174K sq ft). This also explains the relative lack of info on the project -- nothing is being rezoned so those sorts of details (infrastructure requirements and impacts, project financing etc.) are not needed. It is just a property owner moving some walls around.

Also, vacant. Wal-Mart or whomever is moving into VACANT useless space. Only a hippie town like Boulder would freak over that.
 
2012-08-26 08:49:26 AM

LarryDan43: I'm not saying it's a Walmart
[philanthropy.com image 340x272]
But, it's a Walmart.


I was thinking the same thing(of course you were)
 
2012-08-26 08:51:16 AM

maggoo: ryarger: Sounds like the mayor knows it's Wal-Mart, is happy that it's Wal-Mart but is feigning ignorance to avoid the ire of his constituency.

In other words, the mayor is corrupt, and democracy doesn't work.


At least when WalMart came to our town, the mayor knew about it. After all, he was also the attorney for the landowner who sold the lproperty to WalMart.. At least WalMart didn't have any problems getting the appropriate permits from the city.

Isn't this a clear indication that democracy DOES work?

/I guess I have an old-fashioned notion of what constitutes a conflict of interest.....
 
2012-08-26 08:51:54 AM
There's not use in opposing it, because the same people crying "Not in my neighborhood" will be the first idiots to line up for the grand opening... when it's built the next town over. In NEPA, the Wal-Mart was opposed in the main (crumbling) shopping district because it was believed it'd destroy Main St. The town over instead allowed them to build it (within walking district of the Main St.). Now the second town reaps all the tax gains, and Main St. has revitalized with restaurants and smaller boutiques.
 
2012-08-26 08:52:29 AM
i512.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-26 08:54:50 AM
Since it's in Diagonal Plaza, I'd tend to think it's a move by the merchants in diagon-alley to go upscale.
 
2012-08-26 09:05:37 AM
I assume WalMart has lined up the check-cashing place, the dollar store, and the bail bondsman to go in the other storefronts.
 
2012-08-26 09:06:00 AM

Mattyb710: wambu: Do reporters even do "investigation" anymore? A quick check to see who requested the building permits would likely answer the question.

Do idiots even read articles anymore?


What? Read the farking article? Are you out of your mind?
 
2012-08-26 09:06:02 AM
Just rename the store Hipstermart. Then everyone would claim they liked Hipstermart before it was cool.
 
2012-08-26 09:07:04 AM
i208.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-26 09:08:58 AM

wambu: Do reporters even do "investigation" anymore? A quick check to see who requested the building permits would likely answer the question.


Yeah but fact-checking will get in the way of the Sensationalism Journalism that seems to be rampant, these days
 
2012-08-26 09:10:49 AM
Living here in Florida it is sometimes hard to get products I grew up with in Louisiana.

But Walmart online shipped me a case of each of these bad boys.

ecx.images-amazon.com

static.caloriecount.about.com
 
2012-08-26 09:11:10 AM
maggoo
2012-08-26 08:39:14 AM



ryarger: Sounds like the mayor knows it's Wal-Mart, is happy that it's Wal-Mart but is feigning ignorance to avoid the ire of his constituency.


In other words, the mayor is corrupt, and democracy doesn't work.

A few whiny letters to the city does not equal a majority.

Though you are correct about democracy being a failed and bad idea. Which is why this nation is a Republic, not mob rule.
 
2012-08-26 09:11:14 AM

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: I assume WalMart has lined up the check-cashing place, the dollar store, and the bail bondsman to go in the other storefronts.


There is actually a check cashing place and a pot dispenser about a block away from this center.
 
2012-08-26 09:12:35 AM
If nobody wants a Wal-Mart, then surely nobody will shop there and it'll just close. Since nobody wants it there, right?
 
2012-08-26 09:13:04 AM
I think a more important question is: do you really want to be buying FOOD at WalMart?
Especially after it has been handled by people like this? (peopleofwalmart.com, not safe for brain)
 
2012-08-26 09:13:42 AM

OnlyM3: Though you are correct about democracy being a failed and bad idea. Which is why this nation is a Republic, not mob rule.


It's not red, it's crimson!
 
2012-08-26 09:16:14 AM

wambu: Do reporters even do "investigation" anymore? A quick check to see who requested the building permits would likely answer the question.


Not as much as they should. When they have to go out and get a package ready for a newscast AND "while you are out..." pick up these 4 other stories, there isn't much time (or encouragement) to do deep investigating.

/the "do more with less" style of working conditions are everywhere in news.
//why yes, I do work in the media, how did you guess?
 
2012-08-26 09:16:19 AM

Standard Deviant: The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: I assume WalMart has lined up the check-cashing place, the dollar store, and the bail bondsman to go in the other storefronts.

There is actually a check cashing place and a pot dispenser about a block away from this center.


Smart move of walmart. Because can you imagine being stoned and needed some food? Walmart would look like Mecca.
 
2012-08-26 09:19:07 AM

MBrady: wambu: Do reporters even do "investigation" anymore? A quick check to see who requested the building permits would likely answer the question.

Considering that most of them, if not all, have a degree in "communications," I highly doubt that they can have a complete thought, let alone figure out how to do something as complicated as going to city hall to inquire at the zoning office.


Considering most Farkers, if not all them, are unable to read more than the first paragraph of an article, I highly doubt the mystery will be solved.
 
2012-08-26 09:19:13 AM

theflatline: Living here in Florida it is sometimes hard to get products I grew up with in Louisiana.

But Walmart online shipped me a case of each of these bad boys.

[ecx.images-amazon.com image 300x300]

[static.caloriecount.about.com image 200x200]


Awesome stuff, I often find Sweetbay here in Central FL has stuff I cannot find in the local chains like Publix (overpriced) and Winn-Dixie (usually garbage).
My Local Sweetbay caters to my Louisiana crawfish and shrimp taste - each week I get roughly half a lb of each, I bought enough of it that it that they actually sell it in the fish department. Not many stores I've seen sell crawfish.
 
2012-08-26 09:19:56 AM

wambu: Mattyb710: wambu: Do reporters even do "investigation" anymore? A quick check to see who requested the building permits would likely answer the question.

Do idiots even read articles anymore?

What? Read the farking article? Are you out of your mind?


To be completely serious, I am incredibly amused by all the people who reply to you in agreement.
 
rpm
2012-08-26 09:20:23 AM
redstick.files.wordpress.com

/hot like the fires of hell.
 
2012-08-26 09:21:13 AM
If the locals really "don't want a WalMart" it will go under just like the Ross and PetSmart it is replacing. What's actually happening is a small bunch of vocal a--holes want to dictate where you can and cannot shop.

And no, I don't shop at WalMart. I get groceries at a nearly equally colossal grocery conglomerates like HEB and Sprouts.
 
2012-08-26 09:21:24 AM
On one side I don't like Walmart. On the other I hate hippies and snobs. Hard to pick a side here.
 
2012-08-26 09:25:56 AM

AnyName: If the locals really "don't want a WalMart" it will go under just like the Ross and PetSmart it is replacing. What's actually happening is a small bunch of vocal a--holes want to dictate where you can and cannot shop.

And no, I don't shop at WalMart. I get groceries at a nearly equally colossal grocery conglomerates like HEB and Sprouts.


But does the public get to have a say in what private business sets up shop or not?
 
2012-08-26 09:26:47 AM

EnviroDude: If only there were so way a ayor and city council could pass an ordinance to demand the contractor reveal details of the site.


Retroactively, of course.
 
2012-08-26 09:26:48 AM

maggoo: ryarger: Sounds like the mayor knows it's Wal-Mart, is happy that it's Wal-Mart but is feigning ignorance to avoid the ire of his constituency.

In other words, the mayor is corrupt, and democracy doesn't work.


Really it sounds like he may know but doesn't want to have a few people get pissy about a company bringing hundreds of jobs along with getting rid of a long empty shopping complex.
 
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