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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Blocking Wal-Mart is Killing People in Chicago

The politically motivated and utterly ridiculous campaign to keep Wal-Mart out of Chicago is keeping the low-priced retailer from filling a huge gap in the market- supermarkets in Chicago's poorest neighborhoods. Carpe Diem had been tracking the story:
So Wal-Mart wants to build a store on the south side of Chicago in a "food desert," probably including a food supermarket with healthy foods in an area underserved by supermarkets, which would create hundreds of jobs, and I'm guessing that Wal-Mart is willing to do this without any government subsidies from the Illinois Fresh Food Fund, and its efforts are blocked by the unions. But how many supermarkets and jobs are unions providing on the south side of Chicago in the "food desert"? I'm guessing none.

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