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August 25, 2016
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Gan-Eden no paradise

Lori Schneider-Wendt

I learned recently that Gan-Eden was once again on the radar—now with an 885 home proposal: town houses, garden apartments, senior housing, a convenience store (is this zoned commercially – or is that change next?). In 2007, without so much as a letter to adjoining property owners, its zoning was reclassified by the Town of Thompson from rural to suburban. How many people does 885 units translate to—a small village, in and of itself. Coupled with Kelli Woods on Anawana Lake Road, a proposed 160 units on 90 acres (more than a third of which are wetlands), there is significant, devastating change on the horizon for the Towns of Thompson and Fallsburg.

I do not wish to see our rural area become suburbia. Gan-Eden translates to “the Garden of Eden” or “paradise.” I’m reminded of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi:” Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone/They paved paradise to put up a parking lot.” I ask my neighbors and our elected officials not to allow this to happen. We can’t forestall progress—but let’s not rush headlong into unbridled development that will forever change the face of the area we choose to call home.

[Lori Schneider-Wendt is a resident of the Town of Thompson, NY.]