Today I watched a group of small children being led through the mostly treeless desolation next to Pomeroy Park. Instead of venerable, majestic trees providing beauty and shade, they were greeted by stumps and a barren hillside ravaged of vegetation that once provided protection from flooding and runoff. For many years, this area provided a place to play and relax for adults and children, including myself long ago.

Why did this happen? Because Auburn needs another parking lot. Apparently no one could think of an alternate location for the future heritage center, ensuing a domino effect that leaves behind nothing — just like "urban renewal" decades ago, when historic treasures were destroyed to be replaced by concrete, pavement and urban blight. Once again, Auburn's current politicians are making stupid, short-sighted decisions, to the detriment of, ultimately, everyone.

Laurie Franchi

Auburn

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