March 12, 2008: Paved paradise

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To The Editor:

I hope that the Margaretville Planning Board as well as the Middletown Planning Board has taken into consideration the type of buildings these proposed Dollar Stores will build. The look of the buildings will adversely affect the ambience of Margaretville and Arkville. For example, the Rite Aid building in Stamford is huge, out of place and ugly. Is it possible that the Stamford Planning board could have required less of a modern look to that building? In Delhi the Price Chopper Plaza, McDonalds and Pizza hut stand out like sore thumbs. Ollalieberries did an awesome job in the renovation of the former bank on Main Street in Margaretville. It fits in beautifully.
Ocean Grove, New Jersey requires any new buildings to be in or close to the Victorian style to match the rest of the town. Perhaps the boards would consider similar mandates in order to build new buildings. I also think the new supermarket should keep the “look” of the town in mind.
Do we really need another Dollar Store or two within several miles of each other? How about helping Brookside to rebuild so we can have a hardware store? A department store would be a welcome addition. A place for kids to go and hang out would also be nice.
Please think about what we leave for future generations and what the town will look like in years to come. In the wise words of Joni Mitchell: “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”
Think outside the box!

Jayne Anne Harris,
Margaretville