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Opinion

August 28, 2013

In support of public parkland

To the editor:

In today’s Boston Sunday Globe, Marc Draisen, executive director, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Boston, wrote, in part, “ ... we must protect existing parks, trails, and urban wilds from overdevelopment, and we must create new parks for people to use and enjoy ... Local and state officials, eager for additional revenue, often look to sell or lease publicly owned green space to developers. Our children and grandchildren will thank us if we resist this temptation by protecting and creating really great places to walk, bike, play and enjoy the beauty of our great city.”

Mr. Draisen was opining on the importance of green space for the city of Boston, but his remarks are just as apt — if not more so — for our much smaller city.

With regard to the dreadful possibility of placing additional large commercial buildings on our waterfront, I often wonder if anyone ever thought of doing the same on, say, Boston’s Public Garden or, perhaps, the National Seashore.

I doubt it.

Wendy Ford

Newburyport

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