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Peterborough has paved enough

To the editor:

I read with dismay, but not surprise, the latest in the GAR Hall saga.

How could this historical and wonderfully located public property withstand the pressure from its immediate neighbors when our Select Board was anxious to dump it recently for $100?

The issue of public trust troubles me: Why would the town be so anxious to sacrifice this precious plot for so little? Why was there no attempt to promote a connecting park from the Putnam land to the beautiful river garden (which has already undergone unpleasant terracing) to the river? Why should the citizens of the town be bullied into bankrolling another bleak parking lot and a bridge for commercial and personal gain?

Hasn’t Peterborough paved enough? Hasn’t the town steadfastly (whether the library, the shopping centers, Depot Square) turned its back on what little beauty is left? A decade ago I was told by one of Our Town’s venerable statesmen and developers: “In Peterborough, you forget how it was, love how it is, or leave — and lovely people will take your place.” If this is so, then perhaps Our Town’s motto should be: “A good town for the few to plunder.”

Carole Doreski


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