Mon., Sept. 12
On one side are small business owners - those who would compete head-to-head with Wal-Mart - and labor leaders worried about workers' rights. On the other, community leaders, and the voices for the under and unemployed, those who welcome a quick infusion of low-skill jobs, and the addition of cheap groceries and goods at low, low prices.
Today we'll hear from both sides of the debate: City Councilor Tito Jackson, who is skeptical about allowing Wal-Mart space to grow in his district; Darnell Williams, President of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, a cautious supporter of Wal-Mart's efforts; Professor David Merriman, co-author of a study on Wal-Mart's impact on people and businesses in a dense Chicago neighborhood; and Steven Restivo, Director of Community Affairs for Wal-Mart.
We'd like to hear from you, too. Does Wal-Mart belong in your neighborhood? Are you ready for low prices and cheap groceries? Dudley Square business owners, are you worried about Wal-Mart snatching up your customers? Roxbury residents, will this mean the possibility of a new job for you, or is it just another dead-end, bottom-of-the-ladder retail position?