We thought they were crazy. Get enough protesters out on a Saturday morning to link arms all the way around Northcross? We had visions of 20 people showing up and barely blocking the front door. Boy, were we wrong – enough neighbors of the now ex-mall showed up on Feb. 10 that they not only circled the mall but the entire block on which Northcross sat to show their displeasure with the Wal-Mart Supercenter proposed for the property. The outcome of this particular fight remains uncertain – although the anti-Big Box Ordinance is a belated but real victory – but whatever happens, the heroes of RG4N are standing up not just for their own neighborhood but for a whole city and country still subject to the whims and bottom-line priorities of distant corporate bosses. Like they say, politics in Austin is a contact sport.
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