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(Medill Reports) — If the Pullman Park development proceeds as planned, it will include a number of large and small retail stores, over 1,000 units of housing, a hotel, a community center and a park, but almost all of the debate about the project has focused on one store: Walmart.

To supporters, the 148,000-square-foot store would be a much-needed source of jobs in an area of the city plagued by poverty and unemployment, an oasis in a food desert without a major supermarket and a first step toward revitalizing the Ninth Ward, which all involved agree has seen shopping and dining options dwindle over the past few decades.

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