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Judge Halts Construction of Superstores in Bakersfield

| Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 1, 2004 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

A California Superior Court judge has suspended construction of two Wal-Mart supercenters in Bakersfield, California, indefinitely.

Judge Kenneth Twisselman ruled that the city council had not adequately examined the urban blight that could result if existing big box stores close after the new supercenters open. Vacant big box stores, the judge said, have significant environmental impacts that the city is required to consider as part of its environmental review process.

The lawsuit was brought by the grassroots group Citizens for Local Control.

According to officials, it will take about six months for the city to study the economic impact of the supercenters and complete another environmental impact statement with information on retail vacancies. At that point, the proposals will go back before the city council.

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Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and directs its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and analysis, and partners with a range of allies to design and implement policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen community-rooted enterprise.  She is the author of Big-Box Swindle and also produces a popular monthly newsletter, the Hometown Advantage Bulletin.  Connect with her on twitter and catch her TEDx Talk: Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy. More

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