Wanton Development Deprives Future Generations

RECEIVED Wed., June 2, 2004

Dear Sirs,
   I have just read the article in The Austin Chronicle about the proposed projects on Hamilton Pool Road and I am appalled ["Westward Ho!" News, May 28]. No one seems to care anymore about the sensitivity of the Edwards Aquifer, the rich beauty of that area, the unique hidden treasure of Blue Hole (a longtime secret swimming hole), nor the overdevelopment of already congested Austin. I am so sad to see the landscape being shaped by rich, money-hungry, careless out-of-towners. The thought that the future holds more strip malls and suburban sprawl, with politicians and developers deciding how to drastically change the Hill Country into a money trap for California consumers. Ruining our land for what benefit or future generation's benefit? My children will not be able to see the heart of Austin. The impact alone on the Edwards Aquifer should stop all development in the area. What about the Recharge Zone? What about the water quality for the rest of us? Does anyone care what the people of Austin think? This land is all of ours and we have the right to say "no." After years of enjoying the hidden places like Hamilton Pool, because it is such a gorgeous drive out there during the springtime, I fear it won't be that way forever. The LCRA is the middleman in all this and y'all ought to be ashamed. Disheartening to say the least that there isn't anyone standing up for the true Austin. The most scenic of all of Texas, an oasis, or was an oasis. Maybe when the development is done (if we don't stop it), one of you guys that is working on this project will drive out there in 10 years and see the sad destruction and environmental degradation caused by careless developers and disinformed citizens. I hope you guys can sleep at night,,,,, because I can't.
Sarah Rice
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