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Over the past few weeks I have found it
increasingly difficult to respond when queried about my opinions on Newmarket
- what I think it will look like or the philosophy behind the
development. Yesterday I participated in the Tour de Sprawl in Webster
Twp, driving there from Pittsfield up Zeeb road. I was reminded on my
drive through this beautiful countryside as well as in the pristine areas we
viewed in Webster Twp why I have had difficulty in responding to questions about
what the "Village" will look like. That is so far removed from what the
issue is, an answer doesn't seem warranted.
For all practical purposes this feels like a
war. A war that hopefully can be fought and won using the
philosophy and techniques for winning without casualties, but a war
all the same. A war where there is no clearly defined enemy, only a term
"urban sprawl" and it's resulting effects on our lives and our landscape.
The front line is advancing and has now reached Pittsfield Twp. What NewMarket
and the related developments signify is a do or die battle. If Pittsfield
Twp. falls that front line will advance into areas like Webster Twp.
The Tour de Sprawl has reinforced my personal
resolve to hold off that advancing front. I hope that is also the case
for the 100+ individuals that participated yesterday and that we can
advance efforts to work together to move beyond winning individual battles to a
collective plan & strategies for winning the war.