Preserving Nature No Matter the Price

I didn’t stay until the very end, but I heard that at last night’s civic association meeting the community voted to put the kebosh on AT&T’s overture to put a cell tower on Hollin Hills park land.  I didn’t have a dog in this fight, and truly I could have been persuaded to go either way.  But the people who spoke out against cell towers were truly moving and amazing, pointing out that the founders of the community sought to preserve the natural spaces at whatever cost, and that means for us today the possible renumeration of tens of thousands of dollars of rent from AT&T.  And apparently, the majority agreed.  In a world of scarcity, in a time of recession, when it’s easy to get greedy and forsake what we really care about, I think my community did the right thing, and I’m really proud to be a part of it.