Get ready, Miami: Your friends, neighbors, and kinfolk are now fair fodder for the blog "People of Walmart." Last night, city commissioners approved a 203,000-square-foot, three-story superstore in midtown. For two years, proponents have argued the project would bring jobs and money to the Magic City, while critics have said a commercial behemoth next to a burgeoning arts district would stifle the area's growth.
The Planning, Zoning & Appeals board approved the construction project in October. If the commission didn't also give the go-ahead, the matter could have gone to a public hearing.
As expected, speeches on both sides were impassioned. The language used during final arguments, though, was comically melodramatic.
See also: Midtown Walmart: City Official's Offensive Email Emerges Just Before Final Vote TonightMore »