Miami Residents Say “No” to Walmart’s Plans

by Isaac Benmergui, Esq on August 2, 2012

Resident opposition to Walmart’s plan to put a cargo bay on its planned Midtown Miami store got a little intense at a recent city planning meeting. City Hall chamber overflowed prompting people to watch on television monitors in the hallway. A two-and-a-half hour discussion over the mega-store’s plan drew a crowd of 200, among who were also Walmart reps.

Walmart’s plan included putting an entrance to a cargo bay on a main thoroughfare instead of a side street. The main issue may not have been the cargo bay, but the fact that many residents simply do not want a Walmart in their neighborhood. One resident spoke of the neighborhood’s beauty and dog walks. Walmart wants to build in the heart of Midtown Miami, which is more of a trendy neighborhood, rather than the edge of town or suburban areas the big box store typically chooses for its locations.

The board voted down the proposal to change zoning for North Miami Avenue, which is a busy pedestrian and vehicle traffic area.

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