Suing Over Wal-Mart

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The controversial Wal-Mart Supercenter is now open for business in the heart of New Orleans" historic Lower Garden District (see "Urban Wal-Marts: No Big Easy," In Brief, November/December 2003), but it’s still not out of the courts. Last December, five nonprofit groups joined together to oppose the $325 million, 64-acre project, which includes affordable housing. The groups say they are outraged that a federal Hope VI grant was used to harm the low-income minorities the grants are supposed to help. The project "inhumanely displac[ed] more than 800 low-income, minority St. Thomas families," the coalition said.