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URBAN CONSERVANCY UPDATE 6/12/02

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    *The Urban Conservancy Biweekly Update* June 12, 2002 In this issue: *Who s Afraid Of Save Audubon Park? *What about New Orleans? Bentonville? Or Dallas?
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      *The Urban Conservancy Biweekly Update*
      June 12, 2002

      In this issue:

      *Who's Afraid Of Save Audubon Park?
      *What about New Orleans? Bentonville? Or Dallas?
      *Upcoming Events, June 15
      *Quick News and Views
      *Volunteer?

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      WHO'S AFRAID OF SAVE AUDUBON PARK?

      "Councilmember Batt criticized the anonymous nature of the web site and its
      parody of Audubon Nature Institute executives. As we understand it, the
      authors
      of the website did indeed identify themselves in writing and at any rate
      this information is publicly available. The question that comes to mind is:
      why
      are city councilmembers and the Audubon Institute so troubled by criticism
      anyway?"

      Read more:
      http://www.ucno.org/audubon/fearthewebpage061202.html

      Letter from the President of Save Audubon Park to supporters:
      http://www.ucno.org/audubon/audubon_letter061002.html

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      WHAT ABOUT NEW ORLEANS?

      "Wal-Mart leads the way in this small-store-chic strategy. While
      supercenters remain the company’s big growth engine, the chain
      has also quietly opened 31 smaller Neighborhood Market stores in
      Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama, and it’s opening as many
      as 20 more this year. At 50,000 square feet, they’re itsy-bitsy
      compared with Wal-Mart’s biggest stores. But with Neighborhood
      Markets, Wal-Mart is re-creating the traditional grocery store,
      eliminating its selection of everything from patio furniture to
      exotic fish and aiming to woo shoppers with easier parking,
      less crowded aisles and quicker checkout."

      Read more:
      http://www.msnbc.com/news/757302.asp?cp1=1

      Times Picayune's Elie on the subject:
      http://www.ucno.org/walmart/elie061002.html

      Used Cars, The Olsen Twins and Cindy Crawford's Butt-
      Welcome to Bentonville, Wal-Mart Shareholders:
      http://biz.yahoo.com/rb/020609/bizwalmart_1.html
      http://biz.yahoo.com/rc/020607/retail_walmart_2.html

      By the way, that Wal-Mart in Dallas? The Dallas Planning Commission
      rejected it,
      calling it "an oversized gorilla." Not much bigger than the one proposed
      for the
      Lower Garden District:
      http://www.dallasnews.com/latestnews/stories/060702dnmetwalmartweb.10dfb990.html

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      UPCOMING EVENTS

      JUNE 15
      Community Labor United (CLU) invites you to a forum on Economic Development
      from an Arts & Cultural Perspective. The June forum is a continuation of last
      month's forum. It will take place as always on the 3rd Saturday of the month,
      Saturday, June 15, 2002 at Dillard University. This month it will be held at
      Kearny Hall, which houses the school's cafeteria and is located at the back
      center end of the campus quad.

      Invited panelists for the culture and economic development forum include:
      · Jesse Brown, Esq., Legal Chair, Nat'l Juneteenth and MAAFA Commissions
      · Toni Costonie, CC World Gallery
      · Cherice Harrison-Nelson of Oretha Castle Haley Elementary School and the
      Guardians of the Flame Mardi Gras Indians
      · Barbara Hoover, WWOZ's "Planet Waves" show and Kingsway Studios
      · Kent T. Jordan, NOCCA Institute, La. Music Commission
      · Barbara Lacen-Kelly, Coalition of Marching Clubs and Mardi Gras Indians

      For more information call: 816-4203

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      QUICK NEWS AND VIEWS

      Idea of trees on Canal sidewalks withers:
      http://www.ucno.org/issues/DDD060602.html

      The ‘New Economy’ has turned out to be Wal-Mart:
      http://www.peoplenewspapers.com/op/op3.asp

      Be Creative Or Die:
      http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=13325

      Magic Dirt Eludes Wal-Mart:
      http://www.ucno.org/walmart/cheezed_off052802.html#four

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      UC IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

      The Urban Conservancy is seeking committed people to assist in the Wal-Mart
      campaign and other projects in the near future. If you are interested,
      please send an e-mail to:

      volunteers@...

      with your name and phone number and what your interests are. If you have
      already committed, you will be contacted soon!

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      educate. Please forward this mail to someone who loves New Orleans. Or
      they can sign up for their own copy at:

      http://www.ucno.org/mailman/listinfo/uc

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      Edward Melendez
      Geoff Coats
      Principals

      The Urban Conservancy
      http://www.ucno.org

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      an instinct for freedom, there are opportunities to change things.
      -Noam Chomsky
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