The Orton Family Foundation of Vermont has created an interactive online tool to help inform citizens about the impacts of Big Box stores (i.e. Home Depot, Wal Mart, Target,…) called Big Box Evaluator. The evaluator is supposed to be a resource for residents who are concerned about a proposed Big Box in their town, although it points out positive aspects of Big Boxes as well. Traffic is just one of the many components of the evaluator. Overall, it appears to be very sensitive to the inputs of the user. I am guessing most residents who find the evaluator will give it negative inputs, which will spit out negative outputs. I recommend developers of big boxes do an honest evaluation with the tool so you can refute any negative evaluations that come up at public meetings.
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