There's more to report about this very interesting Highway change through most of the state of Missouri and Arkansas. Job creation and corporate power seem to be working in tandem. Job creation amounted to temporary government jobs that destroyed independent businesses. The Big Corporation, however; has all the working poor help it needs . . . with access to every super center between here and Fayetteville.
The Interstate that had to barricade every "at grade intersection" for safety reasons, stops abruptly just north of Jane, Missouri. Jane, Missouri is home to this country's second largest data warehouse, which just happens to be owned by Wal-Mart. Some reports indicate it may actually be the largest data warehouse by now. Traveling continues south on 71 Highway with "at grade intersections" into Bella Vista, Arkansas, Bentonville, Rogers, and Springdale, Arkansas. Just south of Springdale, the Interstate 49 signs resume.
I noticed a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Farmington, Arkansas. It's a relatively small building in comparison to the SuperCenters. I didn't go in, but it appeared to be a grocery store, or very large convenience store. There are just three planned in NW Arkansas right now, but then . . . expansion should be easy when access to the other Markets is barricaded!
As I write this, I'm thinking those economic opportunities that were promised by MoDot, that I didn't see a few weeks ago, may prove to be new neighborhood markets at the official exits. Now that access is denied to the formerly existing businesses and since nothing really exists right now where those overpasses have been built, some sort of neighborhood market or large convenience store may already be in the plans.
As we've gone on busily about our stressful lives, the independent gas stations and Mom and Pop markets have become history. I've watched railroad crossings designed to be impossible to turn around and the whistles have been silenced. If one considered these to be pieces of the same puzzle, it would appear that our mobility is about to become limited and our supply reduced from "Name Brands" and "Best Choice" to "One Brand" and "No Choice."
But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of YHWH thy G-d, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes which I command
thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: Torah of Holy Scripture
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