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EP should go easy on glitz

December 16, 2011
Morning Journal News


Many years ago, while a student at university, I was exposed to and impressed by a book and philosophy by a professor titled, "Design with Nature."

The basis of this book was that if man builds upon or changes the landscape it should blend in and look like it belongs to the natural scenery and not some gaudy, brightly lit, shiny development like the one proposed by the Brittain Chevrolet/GM car dealership at the entrance to East Palestine. Columbiana has a junk yard to its eastern entrance on Route 14 which is bad enough.

East Palestine village planners need to consult with environmental architects when designing and redesigning places which affect where we live. Just because eastern Ohio is a depressed, low income area, it does not mean we can chop and change the scenic beauty which we have and have had in the past.

Granted, we need jobs and a better lifestyle for the people, but let's do it with a sense of beauty and attractiveness to the eye and not a series of glitzy dealerships like the Las Vegas look of the entrance to Boardman along Route 7.

John Herbert

East Palestine



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