Land off Moody Bridge Road/South Maple Street, Hadley
The guaranteed way to preserve a scenic view is to buy it. And as long as you don't use tax dollars that come out of everybody -- even those who don't like scenic views -- conservatives have no problem with it.
For instance, over a 100 neighbors in North Amherst signed a petition article for the town to take the Cherry Hill Golf Course by eminent domain thirty years ago and we ended up paying $2.2 million ($4.4 million in today's dollars) simply to avoid a 134 unit high end housing development around the golf course.
Cherry Hill absorbs a lot of sun, and tax dollars
Since then the municipally operated white elephant golf business has gone on to squander over $1 million in operations.
But the plea to save the beautiful open space in our neighboring farm town will use privately donated money, and the land has nothing to do with the luxurious game of golf.
So I wish them well.
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