Photo of walmart 2_9.22 [Email address: allandalereporter #AT# - replace #AT# with @ ]
Tom Linehan

I picked up a post to the Crestview listserve about a story NPR recently did on Austin that is now live on the NPR web site. The story is about the neighborhoods' fight against the colossal Wal-Mart that was originally planned for Northcross. NPR's State of the Re:Union is a series "to explore how a particular American city or town creates community, the ways people transcend challenging circumstances and the vital cultural narratives that give an area its uniqueness." Including Austin in the series seems like a natural given the city's growth and interest in preserving its uniqueness – keeping Austin Weird. Here is a link to the story they did on Austin. Segment B is the one that pertains to the community fight against the Wal-Mart at Northcross. It is told from the RG4N perspective. Allandale's involvement is not mentioned. I drove by the store yesterday and talked to an employee walking into the store who said store opening is scheduled for October 27.