But in a town such as Woodland Park, a scenic, 20-minute drive up Ute Pass from the Springs and home to about 7,000 people, opposition to Wal-Mart isn’t just about the retailer’s corporate policies.The politically active, adult (non-felon?) members of the community will now decide the issue for everyone.
Simply put, much of it hits close to home. Some residents worry a Wal-Mart store — or a Target, Home Depot or other big box — would disrupt the town’s character with more people, traffic and even crime, while it changes customer buying habits and harms longtime mom and pop businesses.
Woodland Park voters will decide May 3 whether to enact a six-month moratorium on retailers larger than 75,000 square feet.
“Woodland Park is a very unique community,” said Erik Stone of Citizens for Responsible Growth, the anti-Wal-Mart group. “It serves very much as a bedroom community for Colorado Springs. It’s a sense of place.
“When you’re there, you’re somewhere with incredible natural beauty. You have Pikes Peak above the town. Big retailers, whether it’s Wal-Mart, Kmart or Home Depot, anybody of that size and scale, we don’t think it’s a good fit for the community.”
Posted by Kevin on March, 6 2005 at 10:55 AM