A line of cars take over the streets of the Houston heights to protest against WalMart.
The anti-WalMart group says the retail giant will bring in too much traffic for the Heights' narrow streets. Even though the project is not a done deal yet, the city is still waiting to possibly close the deal.
With a megaphones, red streamers and posters, a group of protesters flooded the streets of the Heights neighborhood in Houston.
The anti-WalMart group wants to stop a city-approved plan to build the super center. The empty lot sits on the corner of Koehler and Yale. Residents against the project say WalMart's heavy traffic will impact their narrow streets.
"Too many cars too many people," said Naomi Scott, who was part of the protesters.
"We're trying to show the city what it's going to be like when they put 22,000 cars around our neighborhoods," said Ronnie Thomas, another protester.
City leaders are waiting on plans from the WalMart developer before they can begin construction on the site. Meanwhile, residents are upset about tax incentives that could potentially benefit the retail giant.
"This project shouldn't be getting a million dollars worth of free drainage if the city is talking about taxing churches and schools. That's just common sense," said Jonathan C.C. Day.
Council Member Ed Gonzalez, who oversees the Heights area as part of his district, says the WalMart developer will only get reimbursed for public improvements agreed upon by city administrators.
"I don't think it's a done deal yet," said Thomas.
Not everyone is against the proposed plan. At the site, Houstonians have posted signs welcoming WalMart to the area. Lonnie Williams is one of them.
"In this economy, I think creating more jobs couldn't hurt anything," said Williams.
Protesters said they won't go down without a fight.
"The idea that the only thing that can be built there is a WalMart Super Center is wrong," said Anne Baumgardner.
They hope to stop WalMart from opening its doors to the public.
Protesters Hit The Streets To Stop The Heights WalMart
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