Oh God, just what we DON’T need…a “disney-ification” of a national treasure whose beauty is in its desolation and isolation…when will humans learn to leave Mother Nature alone? When will we stop destroying natural wonders to feed the human hunger for monetary greed & material wealth?
Please share this story and voice your opinion NOW. Who wants to see a tram and more multi-million dollar hotels and businesses built into or around the South Rim, like it’s another Atlantic City? One Las Vegas in the desert is enough! Aquifers will disappear, flora and fauna will be greatly affected, not to mention the powerful Spirits believed to reside there by local Native tribes (Navajo, Havasupai, etc.).
At what cost to nature (and a place to find peace of mind/spirit) is our thirst for development of more man-made eyesores? So millions more can flock to the Grand Canyon, trampling every square inch of land, until the canyon is no longer grand, but instead just another desiccated memory of what once was?
From the Smithsonian:
A holy war is being fought over a proposal to build a $500 million commercial development, on the rim of America’s natural treasure
When Teddy Roosevelt declared the Grand Canyon a national monument, in 1908, he famously said: “Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it.” In that sense, the Escalade is a thumb in TR’s eye. Covering hundreds of acres on Navajo Reservation land, it is arguably the most intrusive development ever proposed for the Grand Canyon—a $500 million to $1.1 billion recreation and transport facility featuring a 1.4-mile tramway equipped with eight-passenger gondolas that would carry as many as 10,000 people a day down to the river confluence, with new roads, hotels, gift shops, restaurants and other attractions. The developer—Confluence Partners LLC, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based investment group whose members’ ventures include real estate, resorts and theme parks—says construction of the Escalade could begin as early as this year.
Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/who-can-save-the-grand-canyon-180954329/#I7AqYT8Aw6bwC9Wr.99
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