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How are Wal-Mart and the Other Big Box Stores Different from Macy’s?

Big boxes are trying to push into New York, and in the presidential election, they may be a political flashpoint. Read More »

Two Good Arguments Against Allowing Big Box Stores into New York City Without Legal Constraints

Big box stores like Wal-Mart are automobile-dependent, inimical to the New York way of life. They stifle economic creativity. Read More »

The Supreme Court’s Kelo Decision: A Primer of Eminent Domain

Eminent domain is the power that governments use to turn urban neighborhoods over to big box stores. Read More »

Wal-Mart Appeals to Hearts and Guts, While Unions Appeal Only to Minds in NYC Fight

Wal-Mart appeals not just to love of bargains, but to New Yorkers' feelings of belonging. The unions argue economics. Read More »

Report Charges Conflict In NY Times Coverage Of Development Project

Report alleges New York Times distorts coverage of its business partner's massive tax-subsidized Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn. Read More »

Smoking NOLA Guns: Mayor Had Buses Galore

The mayor of New Orleans failed to execute the state's own evacuation plan, which called for the use of NOLA's own buses. Read More »

Neither New Orleans Nor Any Other Major City Can Rely on Private Cars for Evacuation in an Emergency

If we think private automobiles are the only way to move people, evacuation of cities is impossible and disaster inevitable Read More »