Wednesday, August 26, 2009

History Defeated by Walmart

ABC News reported that Walmart had won its bid to build a new store near the Wilderness Battlefield.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 early Tuesday to grant the special permit after a majority of more than 100 speakers said they favored bringing the Walmart to Locust Grove, near the Wilderness Battlefield.

Residents cited three reasons for supporting the Walmart proposal: jobs, tax revenue and a cheap shopping option for the 32,000 residents of Locust Grove.

Once again mindless development takes precedence over historic preservation.

However disappointing the result, my main reason for this posting is to criticize ABC for their reporting. Quite simply, I wonder how any credible news service can talk about the fight to preserve the Wilderness battlefield without interviewing or mentioning the efforts of Jim Lighthizer and his team at the Civil War Preservation Trust. This group has been at the vanguard of the fight and ABC failed to mention their fine work in this engagement with runaway development or the victories they achieved in other preservation efforts.

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