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Wal-Mart Wars

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With Walmart battles waged near Decatur, Glenwood Park and Lindbergh recently, Atlantans know a thing or two about pushing back on the retail behemoth. That being the case, an excellent Salon piece titled "Wal-Mart: An economic cancer on our cities" should be of interest. The article zeros in on Asheville, N.C., where the downtown flipped from moribund to remarkable because a few people believed in the value of small businesses and genuine soul. [Salon]