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By on 4.4.06 | 3:53PM

Wal-Mart says it's building 50 new stores in "struggling" (read: poor) urban areas. This isn't exactly new, but the aggressive initiative is: they're intentionally placing the stores in high crime/unemployment areas, on environmentally contaminated sites (cleaned up by Wal-Mart), and in vacant buildings. To head off criticism that the corporation kills small businesses, Wal-Mart will give small businesses grants and free advertising.

South Side Chicago would already have a Wal-Mart in a blighted neighborhood if the city council hadn't stopped it.

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