Big box just a part of changing times

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All communities grow over time. If they don’t, they become ghost towns. I would like to know of any examples where a retail business, big or small, that decided to open up shop in a town the size of Auburn, had an adverse effect. Yeah, I’ve heard all the perceived problems that having a Wal-Mart or Costco or both would supposedly cause. It would most likely improve the traffic on (Highway) 49 as a good portion of that traffic are people on their way to Rocklin to go where, you guessed it, shopping at Wal-Mart, Costco, or Winco. As far as any environmental issues, I would think this would please the tree-huggers. I mean, look at all those cars that now are traveling five or 10 miles instead of 30 or 40 miles. And for the people that live around there, did you not know the area was zoned commercial, has been since before most of you moved there? Cities expand, that’s life, and if you moved there believing that it wouldn’t, that’s on you. That’s almost like moving in next to an airport then complaining because planes are always flying over. Like they say on the ESPN pre-game show, “C-mon man.” So, let’s see, what were the other problems? Oh yeah, all the jobs that would be available for local people, um, the tax revenue that the city would get instead of giving it to Rocklin and Roseville. Even Placerville has a Wal-Mart. Times change, business changes. It’s inevitable. You can fight it but in the end you’ll lose. If I lived close by there, I would be looking for a way to be apart of these changes to possibly make a buck instead of the stress of a losing battle. Roger Koch, Auburn