The reason is simple: This part of D.C. isn’t just a food desert, it’s a retail desert. There are a sprinkling of CVSs and Rite Aids, and lots of bodegas. But there isn’t the variety necessary to do the kind of everyday shopping families require. Organized labor makes many important points about Walmart’s practices. But there’s an argument on the other side: In the immediate sense it’s a boon for people on limited incomes who get to shop there. … [Read more...] about 5 Surprises At The New Big City Walmart In Washington, D.C.
All Walmart stores have architects, of course. But the stores are so uniform–they are numbered, in order of opening, for easy identification–it’s hard to tell what the architects do. Presumably, they make sure the walls meet the floor and the ceiling at perfect 90-degree angles. I put in a call asking to talk to someone who had been involved in the design of Walmart No. 5968 in Washington, D.C., I mentioned the windows. … [Read more...] about What It’s Like To Be A Walmart Architect