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Enviro-Mich message from "Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy" <smlcaa@ameritech.net>
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Wonderful news!  Thanks for sharing it,

Josephine

Josephine Rood
Office Manager
Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy
1100 N. Main St, Suite 212
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 997-0942
Fax (734) 998-0163
www.southeastmichiganlandconservancy.org
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From: "Keith Schneider" <keith@mlui.org>
To: <enviro-mich@great-lakes.net>
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2004 14:26
Subject: E-M:/ Wal-Mart Pulls Out of Charlevoix


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> Enviro-Mich message from Keith Schneider <keith@mlui.org>
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> Dear Friend,
> We've learned of another big victory for the public interest and the
> principle that citizens working together can make good things happen for
> the land, communities, and the environment.
>
> This afternoon Wal-Mart announced that it is pulling out of Charlevoix and
> will not build a supercenter there. The news came from Bob Hoffman,
> co-founder of This Is Our Town,  who is elated. I conveyed our thanks on
> behalf of Northwest Michigan and the state for the good work that This Is
> Our Town did to educate their neighborhoods and set the message agenda
that
> made their victory over the world's largest company seem inevitable.
>
> The Wal-Mart victory is the second this year in which citizens dug up the
> facts, communicated them well, set the message agenda, and then organized
> their neighbors to block an idea that battered their sense of what was
> right for their communities. The other was the coal plant in Manistee,
> which local officials turned down earlier this year after an equally
> effective grassroots campaign.
>
> Convincing Wal-Mart that Charlevoix was not an appropriate place for a
> superstore is a very important statement for citizen advocacy, sound land
> use policy, and the powerful civic will in Northwest Michigan to develop
> the cleaner, greener economy and quality of life that many of us envision.
>
> Best, Keith Schneider, deputy director, Michigan Land Use Institute
>
> For background on this issue see: Wal-Mart's Low Prices Are No Bargain,
> Citizens Say
> http://www.mlui.org/growthmanagement/fullarticle.asp?fileid=16689
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>
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