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September 27, 2012 at 6:46 pm (UTC -4)
Colossal Corporation to Take Over Small Town
The new Super Wal-Mart in the small town of Oxford, Pennsylvania may have created more jobs in the community, but it diminishes the rural landscape and small town feel. Where the super center is located was once a vast farmland. Considering there are two different Wal-Mart’s only twenty minutes away, grocery stores and many small businesses in the town’s vicinity, this monstrous Wal-Mart is unnecessary.
Wal-Mart’s have taken over America. Unbelievably, 90% of Americans live within 15 miles of a Wal-Mart and now Oxfordians live within 2 miles of one. Not only is Oxford losing its local farmers, it may also lose many of its small businesses. Even the Amish community might consider relocating because of the threat the excess traffic has to their horses, which is their main mean of transportation. Not to mention the never ending line of new traffic lights throughout the town makes residents’ commute twice as long. Many want to avoid going anywhere near the once slow pace area and resort to back roads and highways.
If building on the farmland was inevitable, there were many other business options that could have been constructed. The town of Oxford has little places for entertainment or places for its youth. A movie theatre or a roller skating rink would have been a beneficial asset to the community since there are not similar businesses close by. Businesses like these would not hurt the surrounding small businesses since they offer different products and services. It would also give the adolescents something to do on the weekends to stay out of trouble.
Oxford, Pennsylvania is known for some of the agricultural resources in which many residents have used for trade and income. Ten years ago the slow- paced town’s bowling alley did not have electronic scoring and the schools did not have air conditioning. Ruth Tarazona, a resident of the Oxford area for almost 20 years poses the question, “If residents want to demand the conveniences of congested areas, why not move locations?” Only time will show the true impact that the Super Wal-Mart will have on our community.
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