Wal Of Noise
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Wal Of Noise

In the current issue of Toronto Life, Philip Preville attempts to argue for a big-box store in Leslieville. It’s no easy task, but Preville’s argument is pretty sound, resting on convenience (it’d be close to where people live), location (what else is going to go in its place?), cost (cheap!), and—oh yes—the environment (less driving = less pollution). Preville also says about the smartest thing we’ve yet heard about the development, which is that “instead of trying to keep the downtown big box free, we’d be better off figuring out how to make large-format retail compatible with a mostly walkable, constantly improving, ever-greening city in which many people still shop in their cars.” NOW‘s Susan G. Cole obviously takes issue with Preville’s argument—as many surely will—but the best argument she can muster in reply is to say that Wal-Mart, the crown jewel of the project, are just a bunch of fascists who want us all to conform. Um, okay.