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Things are looking up for Walmart, it seems. On August 24th the big box retailer won its latest appeal in the Miami-Dade Circuit Court, after having been sued time and time again by neighborhood activists who argue that the store will change Midtown's character, Curbed Miami reports.
It all started in 2013, when the City of Miami incorrectly approved five truck loading berths for the superstore, when the allowed limit is three. Neighborhood activists took it to court, and instead of having Walmart start from scratch and reapply for special permits, which is what activists were hoping for, the city just let them turn two berths into staging areas. Activists appealed the decision, on account that the changes were merely cosmetic, however this past August the court sided with Walmart and dismissed the case.
So, what do you think? A spokesperson for Walmart told the Miami Herald that "This decision brings Walmart one step closer to providing hundreds of new jobs and affordable grocery options to residents in nearby Wynwood, Overtown, Allapattah and Downtown Miami." Meanwhile, activists and Midtown residents who are against the chain retailer claim it will hurt the neighborhood's image and small businesses, and feel that the courts were too lenient on Walmart. Agree or disagree? Let's hash it out in the comments.