In some hard-hit urban communities, Wal Mart is seen as an economic savior. When Wal-Mart started taking applications for jobs at its new store in Oakland, more than eleven thousand people lined up.
In Chicago, the retailer's plans touched off a contentious debate, dogged by questions of race and class, a debate that continues even after the company has broken ground on its West-Side store.
Wal-Mart was born and bred in the country and moved on to the suburbs. Now it's looking to sew up America's cities.
Is Wal-Mart ready for urban life? And are urbanites ready for Wal-Mart?
John Dicker, author of "The United States of Wal-Mart"
Dan Folgelman, corporate spokesman for Wal-Mart
Rev. Joseph Kyles, leadr of the 37th Ward Pastor's Alliance, supports Wal-Mart's construction of a new store in Chicago
Elce Redmongd, Organizer for the Soouth Austin Coaltion community group, oposes Wl-Mart's entry into Chicago
Tah-Nehisi Coates, staff writer Time magazine
This program aired on September 1, 2005.