Plans to open new Wal-Mart stores remain controversial in the Kansas City area.
By YAEL T. ABOUHALKAH
The Kansas City Star
But they keep coming because city officials often want the tax revenues they bring.
Despite protests from many residents, Lees Summit politicians recently approved construction of a Wal-Mart Supercenter.
In Raytown, a planning committee meets next week to consider allowing a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in the middle of downtown. Many residents are fighting that plan, but some city officials want activity to occur in a long-empty green space there.
Finally, Waldo area residents are vowing to stop a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market from being built on the site of the old Bingham school.
As I have written before, Wal-Mart often gets its way by simply wearing opponents down.