Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wal-Mart wins, the Wilderness will have a new neighbor

Well, the battle is over and in the end the corporate giant was just too much for the legions of historic preservationists, Civil War historians, and park rangers fighting to keep Wal-Mart from building a new supercenter across from the site of a sacred battlefield.

For some background on the controversial commercial development see my post from July 17, No Wal-Mart in the Wilderness. Follow the link below for a report from the Charlottesville News on the decision made Monday night by the Orange County Board of Supervisors to let Wal-Mart go ahead with their construction as planned.

Orange Co. Supervisors Approve Controversial Walmart
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Did the Orange County leaders make the right decision? Does the potential economic development for the region outweigh the increased traffic and noise near the hallowed battleground? Please share your thoughts on striking a balance between progress and preservation by posting your comments below.

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