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Appeal filed against permits in Chinatown Wal-Mart fiasco

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A community group has filed an appeal to try and prevent the construction of a 33,000-square-foot Wal-Mart in Chinatown.

Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy has challenged the building permits claiming that local businesses and communities will be disrupted by its mega presence. Other residents support the plan.

Wal-Mart secured the necessary building permits last week, one day before City Council was set to vote on a Chinatown building moratorium for large retail chains.

A spokesman for Wal-Mart claims that a number of special interest groups are working to halt economic development, shopping opportunities and jobs creation in the area.