No Wal-Mart for Ballston

"Board members heard our arguments against Wal-Mart and to their credit, they listened and we convinced them," he said.

Baskin said Wal-Mart is the first of many fights to come. He said because the town didn't vote to exercise a size cap during the rezoning process, many more big box development projects will be trying to come into the town.

"This town board did the right thing, but what will happen when a new board is elected?" he asked. "Wal-Mart hires people to fight for them. We all have day jobs. We don't want to play the role of Ballston's protector all the time."

Baskin said the fight against Wal-Mart is not about the com-pany, but about all large-scale development projects.

"Wal-Mart needs 100,000 people to sustain it, Ballston is a community of 9,000," Baskin said, adding that instead of "big box" development projects with large parking lots, he supports mixed-use development projects.

Baskin said the victory Concerned Citizens for Smart Growth had over Wal-Mart could be an example to other neigh-borhood community organizations.

"It is up to the residents of the town to preserve their town, to know what their town government is doing and exercise their democratic rights," he said.


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