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"Such adjustments are becoming more commonplace as communities across the country are adopting stricter ordinances dictating size and design of retail outlets. The laws, aimed squarely at curbing behemoth retailers, force them to scale down stores and conform to the local landscape.
The trend began in resort areas like Bal Harbour, Fla., but now mountain-themed or seaside versions of big box stores are popping up in ordinary towns like Freehold and Gaithersburg, Md. Wal-Mart has a store with a timber facade in Centennial, Colo.; an art deco store in Long Beach, Calif. and a design in Round Rock, Tex., meant to resemble a series of Main Street storefronts. Target has a colonial-style store in Gaithersburg, Md., and The Home Depot Inc. opened last summer a seaside-themed store near an inlet in West Vancouver, Canada."
But community activists aren't buying it.
"It's a skin-deep change. It's like putting a tuxedo on Frankenstein. The monster is still there," said Al Norman, president of Sprawl Busters, an organization that works with local communities to fight unwanted store development."