A group I'm involved with in Chicago is opposing the first Wal-Mart to be built within the city limits. It's to be put in a poor neighborhood on the west side (you know, killing the slowest and weakest neighborhoods first ) on a former industrial site (the factory just shut down laying off many people in the community. B-)
Our group is focused on planning and transportation issues, so I think our rep wants to focus on those. Does anyone have any information or studies on wal-mart's impact on things like auto-dependency, effect on local retailers, and maybe traffic in an urban environment?