WOW!!! I was just reading “Wal-Mart breaks out of its box” and they talk about how even in urban areas, they cause finical hardships for communities by crushing wage, and bring down the per capita price point wage.
I think this topic would make a great school project.
Some of the Before/ After things that could be looked at are the
% of low to moderate income persons
Income levels per capita
Number of property maintenance violations
% reduction of total number of businesses
% of total dollars spend among stores
% of new home construction and remodeling permits issued
% of use at parks and other recreational places (maybe split between free and cost recreation)
It would also make a great economics project.