I don’t get this:
Previous efforts to overhaul Wheaton failed after concerns about costs and the effect on Wheaton’s small and independent businesses.
If there is concern about the effect of the development on Wheaton’s small businesses, then it really means that there is concern that those businesses aren’t competitive. What that means, in turn, is that there is concern that those businesses are not offering something to consumers that consumers want.
So…isn’t getting rid of those businesses or forcing them to change to become competitive a good thing?