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What do you think of Wal-Mart’s latest plans for Sixth and Wakarusa?

Response Percent Votes
It’s time to build
59% 344
Let the lawsuits continue
31% 182
Back to the drawing board
4% 24
4% 24
Total 574


justtired 10 years, 11 months ago

It is time that there is a Wal-Mart. A lot of the local businesses do not have items that regular families can afford. Besides, the people that commute on K-10 will spend their money at home instead of Topeka or Kansas City.

ksmom 10 years, 11 months ago

WHAT????? Do I see a ..................oh no..........! I do see a-a-a-a- ahhhhhhhhhhhhh! A Round-a-bout! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

10 years, 11 months ago

No matter what it contains or what it features, the addition of another WalMart will simply cause more local businesses to shut down and make Lawrence less unique. Right or wrong and extenuating circumstances, etc. that's what the net effect will be. It has been that way for years all over the nation where communities who don't care about their local businesses and local economy allow WalMart to have their way with them.

phogm 10 years, 11 months ago

"justtired (Anonymous) says:

It is time that there is a Wal-Mart. A lot of the local businesses do not have items that regular families can afford. Besides, the people that commute on K-10 will spend their money at home instead of Topeka or Kansas City."

This is instructive about how dense people are. There is ALREADY a store on south Iowa. What does "It is time there is a Wal-Mart" mean? Are people so stupid they don't know there is one here in town now?

How in the world can this cause commuters to spend money here instead of Topeka or Kansas City? Are people here really, really dumb?

Based on the initial poll results, it looks to be the case. Nothing good for Lawrence but that's what people want.

OfficeGirl 10 years, 11 months ago

It's not hard to find at 33rd and Iowa but driving across Lawrence is a pain in the a$$ and getting worse every year. I don't care if they build another Wal-Mart or not. Unfortunately, it's one of those stores that you can always find another one down the road. ...and another one; and another one. I see and understand the problems folks have with Wal-Mart but must admit that I shop there too. I can't afford to go downtown to buy shampoo or get it at grocery stores, paying their inflated prices. What's the solution for those of us with limited spending dollars beside shopping Wal-Mart? Those who veto Wal-Mart are shopping at Target and thinking it is somehow better. Same thing, just a different store. They still aren't supporting local business or helping to preserve our downtown. This will be an unpopular view in this forum but I am sure that I am not alone.

canyon_wren 10 years, 11 months ago

Why are the choices in a vote like this always so narrow? It's obvious that they don't want people to REALLY make a decision. It would have been very simple to have one choice be "I still don't think Lawrence needs a second Wal-Mart"--and the response to that would have "topped the charts." Manipulation is the name of the game in Lawrence, I guess.

Regardless of how much fancy landscaping they add, they "can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear," as the old expression goes!

Jayhawkbanker 10 years, 11 months ago

For the love of Pete, we dont need another HUGE freakin building with a walking trail. Paahhhleeezzzee. Lawrence is getting to the point where I'm not wanting to raise my kids in this town. What happend to Lawrence being a nice quiet place where I grew up? It wasn't that long ago.

Oracle_of_Rhode 10 years, 11 months ago

This poll is absurd. Where is the "Never build another Wal-Mart in Lawrence" option? The fact that it's not there = shoddy journalism from a media company salivating over ad dollars it wants sprawl to bring. Biased and shortsighted, folks.

Curtis Lange 10 years, 11 months ago

Cities grow, deal with it. If you want a nice, quiet town then I hear Greensburg is recruiting new residents...

hockmano 10 years, 11 months ago

Who cares! Lets move on people!Lets bring some real jobs where you can make an actual living wage to this town!If not, alot of people are going to move.And Im not talking about jobs at wal mart. Those pay peanuts but we could use another one.

Find something else to make us mad and let the people build the freakin thing. We have more important fish to fry.

megmcc75 10 years, 11 months ago

Wal-mart is like being allergic to poison spreads and always comes back year after year.... Currently in the U.S. there are 26,699,678 SQUARE FEET of empty WAL-MARTS

They may be cheaper prices but if one looks at the big picture they will see that a few cents here and there will only hurt their community. Buy less, buy local.

Jaime Meyers 10 years, 11 months ago

Is this even real? Who cares if the new WalMart is adding extra walkways and using natural building materials?! And those of you who are too LAZY to hop on the K10 and go to the other WalMart on 33rd - you need to get out of Lawrence! It is you who are turning this once small, quiet, peaceful, democratic town into the suburbia that it is on track to becomming. I will say that Lawrence is still small enough to get from Wakarusa and 6th "all the way" to 33rd and Iowa in about 10 minutes. If this is too long for you to get your WalMart fix, then you probably need to check your priorities. Lawrence does NOT need another WalMart, and the idea of it being built on 6th makes me sick. Sad day.

DaveR 10 years, 11 months ago

Who cares what the store looks like. It's a store. Not a corporate-run amusement park.

Wal-Mart wants the space because they want the money the store will bring them. Money that will end up in Bentonville. It's not that far down the road. How about a weekend caravan to go see how the Wal-Mart masters live? Like us? Or do they do a bit better than that? Live-blog the results straight back here. Even if the paper won't sponsor it, on any given weekend there's sure to be a related story that can be used as a springboard. Any takers?

So, okay, we're going to subsidize Bentonville. How about Wal Mart returns the favor & subsidizes Lawrence? A nice big fat annual subsidy for the T. Wouldn't that be nice?

It is not that hard to count employees & light bulbs & work out a rough daily gross for a store like Wal Mart. (Or Target or Home Depot or McDonalds, come to that.) If they were coming here to break even, we could cite them for civic-mindedness. But that's not why they're interested. Tall prairie grass is simply a smokescreen, and a cheap one, too. What are they willing to pay to get the space? Short of The Earthquake That Ate Lawrence, we're going to get another Wal Mart. Since that's true, let's drive a real bargain. This time, and the next time, and the next.

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