Opposes Wal-Mart

RECEIVED Wed., Sept. 17, 2003

I recently learned that Wal-Mart is planning the construction of a new Wal-Mart Supercenter at the corner of I-35 and Slaughter Lane. I am writing to voice my opposition to the proposed zone change on the property referred to as Park Ridge. Park Ridge is a quiet community, and I believe it's a great place to live. It is a place filled with children, pets, and at night you can look up to the sky and see the stars. I can't imagine the amount of damage the additional light and noise pollution, among other detrimental effects, the proposed Wal-Mart would inflict on our community.
   I am concerned about increased traffic, noise, air, and light pollution – not to mention the increase of crime. It is a documented fact that crime increases in areas surrounding Wal-Mart Supercenters, due to the store's 24-hour operation. Additionally, I am also concerned about my property and its value. Residents in Park Ridge take pride in their homes, and we all work hard for what we have.
   The possibility of a Wal-Mart Supercenter or any giant big-box store moving right next door threatens our environment and our quality of life. Will we no longer be able to show our children the Milky Way and meteor showers? Will our children be lulled to sleep by the rumble and toxic fumes of Wal-Mart trucks driving up and down our streets? The quality of life in Austin isn't worth the amount that Wal-Mart has set on it. It is priceless.
   Thank you for continuing to cover the story regarding Wal-Mart and its evil plans to take over South Austin.
Sandra Torres-Williams
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