I talked to Bertha Lewis, a longtime activist, formerly with ACORN, presently with Walmart Free NYC, about the way Walmart had been making its case. She was particularly annoyed at the argument that appeared to suggest a rift between Manhattan legislators and citizens in poor areas of the outer boroughs.
Walmart Free NYC praise to its District counterparts. "@RESPECT_DC contributes to delay of multiple stores. Hope we have a similar victory soon!" But on the pro-Walmart side, L.A. has recently moved ahead on a contested 33,000 square foot store in that city's historic Chinatown neighborhood.