Save the Palisades now or lose it forever
Aug 07, 2007 | 147 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:
If ever there was a time for Bergen and Hudson County citizens to make their voices heard, it is now. All concerned people who have ever marveled at the Palisades Cliffs either from below in a boat on the Hudson River, walking or cycling on River Road or even enjoying the view from New York, need to recognize how close we are to the complete destruction of all that wealth of nature.

Those who have looked at New York from Boulevard East couldn't help peering down at the lush greenery in the summer or the array of colors in the fall. Perhaps you have been fortunate enough to sight a red tail hawk in-flight or riding the air currents, truly a treat to behold. What makes such an experience so unusual is that this is occurring in an urban area where population density can be as much as 12,000-14,000 people per square mile. So what is the urgency?

The concern is not a mere perception, but is actually very real because of the intense development taking place on River Road from Edgewater and points south. With no mass transit in place to handle the thousands of new residents can only translate into more cars, increased traffic, higher elevations of pollution and a visible diminution of the quality of life for the region. Whereas, today, there is more awareness of the impact of carbon monoxide from auto emissions on the environment and on our health, we seem to not take this crisis seriously as it is now directly encroaches on our own lives.

What is interesting is that there are more enlightened communities and cities that realize the importance of open space and parks. According to the Wall Street Journal, article of June 29, city leaders and developers are starting to realize the benefits of green space as it relates to health and the increase of property values. Let's hope our municipal and county leaders will get the message and address over development problems on the Gold Coast before it is too late. Citizens who are in agreement should call and write their officials and let them know how you feel about this vital quality of life issue.

David Kronick
Former Assemblyman
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