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When analyzing the positive and negative effects of sprawl in my life I was first inclined to write a mostly negative response However after researching sprawl and more specifically urban planning and public policy my opinions began to shift I clearly stated shift and not change I still feel that the opening up of a Home Depot in a small rural town can be adverse for the local residents in the sense that it can put local mom and pop stores out of business Also it is perturbing to see my hometown in New Jersey becoming more and more congested as housing development after housing development and strip mall after strip mall seem to appear almost weekly some of which remain vacant for months However citing this type of development as sprawl trivializes a problem that is much much more complex There are wonderful cases around the country of the community working with the government which they should do to save the natural land they live on The problem with the fight against sprawl is that it takes a skewed and sometimes selfish perspective on the real issues You can look at the viewpoint of many of these activists by visiting websites such as wwwsprawl-busterscom On this site you can see several examples of community action against urban development The residents of these communities refuse to innovate and appear to target Wal-Mart as the source of the supposed degradation of their hometown In fact targeting Wal-Mart is a very blind and unfair action The case against sprawl is made by citing that sprawl destroys the environment by increasing pollution and destroying open space In actuality Wal-Mart contributes millions of dollars annually in grants to environmental agencies and programs In addition Wal-Mart is creating environmentally friendly innovations for its own stores with innovations such as building them with eco-friendly building materials and installing energy saving processes like a futuristic heating and cooling system Source wwwwalmartfoundationorg
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