Chicagoans must hate low, low prices

March 27, 2008


The entire city of Chicago (population: 3 million) has only ONE Wal-Mart store. And politicians are fighting to stop them from building another one

What’s not to like?

This thriving Wal-Mart is on the site of what had been a virtually abandoned building. The store provides jobs for more than 440 employees—it’s currently hiring more—at average wages for hourly workers of about $12 an hour. In the 18 months the store has been open (through February), it has collected nearly $7.3 million in sales taxes alone—$1.9 million for the city, $3.9 million for the state, $917,000 for the RTA and $583,000 for Cook County. And it’s a convenient shopping mecca for Chicagoans.

You would think the City of Chicago would want more of all of this: More jobs. More sales and property tax revenues. More convenient shopping opportunities. You would think the city would want fewer vacant lots.

Maybe this is the problem.


2 Responses to “Chicagoans must hate low, low prices”

  1. superdave524 Says:

    Liked the post. Liked the link. Sadly, I like Wal-Mart, too (even though I’m a white Democrat with many of the trappings that “White People Like”.

  2. John in IL Says:

    Why “sadly”?

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