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Old Apr 19, 2011, 12:56 PM   #1
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This is a boardwalk on a small nature preserve a few blocks from my home. It's basically the remains of a large wetland that used to exist along a creek here, 90% of which disappeared over the last 10 or 15 years with commercial developement, including a huge WalMart Supercenter.
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Nice shot. Sad story.

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Your shot certainly conveys the feeling of desolation. Such a pity about losing the wetland.
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I think Wal mart and other developers could care less about the disruption of the lives of the natural residents of areas like this. I mean how can they care if it doesn't make them any money? Plus the owners of such large developing companies probably never see the damage they cause as they have so much other stuff to worry about, like where they can spend their profits and what color of shoes would look best with their new wardrobe. It makes me so mad to see the results of corporate "profits"........

The photograph is very poignant and well taken BTW. Frank
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Thanks for your comments, guys.

It's not just WalMart, although IMO they're by far the worst offender. Other big-box stores, strip malls, fast-food joints and a large highway expansion that began in the mid-90s have eaten away at the original wetlands, leaving just a small peripheral strip. When the development started, it was a 'swamp'. Now, the little bit that's left is a 'protected wetland'. Strange how that works...
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OK yeah, I did not mean to single out Walmart and exclude all others, sorry if that was what you got out of that. I meant any businesses, that are more concerned with how much money they can make, than the effects of doing so. My bad..It seems like to me that the only reason any business involved in this process even considers the point is because it is a legal matter, and a hurdle to go over. If it wasn't a legal issue I am not sure that there would be any consideration at all on their part.
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I love the pic. It actually reminds me of Goose Pond Mountain State Park in my area.

There are constant rumors of a Wal-Mart Supercenter opening in the historic village of Ellenville, NY (actually, in the nearby, lesser-known village of Napanoch). From what I read online, people are torn. Some don't want Wal-Mart for the obvious reason that it will change the region's flavor. While some feel the need for the cash infusion. I guess the area needs a financial shot in the arm just not the kind that Wal-Mart brings. Personally, I wouldn't want a Wal-Mart there. There are already two Supercenters each within a 30-minute drive from Ellenville.
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I love the pic. It actually reminds me of Goose Pond Mountain State Park in my area.

There are constant rumors of a Wal-Mart Supercenter opening in the historic village of Ellenville, NY (actually, in the nearby, lesser-known village of Napanoch). From what I read online, people are torn. Some don't want Wal-Mart for the obvious reason that it will change the region's flavor. While some feel the need for the cash infusion. I guess the area needs a financial shot in the arm just not the kind that Wal-Mart brings. Personally, I wouldn't want a Wal-Mart there. There are already two Supercenters each within a 30-minute drive from Ellenville.
I agree VV, while it is nice to have some infusion of money into the community I am cautious about who has the syringe....
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