Road construction turns woods into no manís land

 

By Bruce Rhodes

 

November 20, 2001

 

I have often walked my dog in the wooded area southeast of Lake Wilcox.

 

After an absence of a few weeks, we recently returned to the area. Much to my astonishment, a strip of land about 40 yards wide has been cordoned off with fences, preventing me and my dog from taking our familiar route.

 

My dog, eagerly following his habitual path, nearly ran into the fence. He then looked at me, wondering what to do next. Bayview Avenue will apparently extend through this area.

 

Today, however, this fenced-off corridor, with its trees and shrubs either removed or ploughed under, looks a lot like the No Manís Land, which ran along the Berlin Wall before that city was reunited.

 

It is heartbreaking to see this beautiful area ravaged for a road. It is also sad to think whatever wilderness remain[s] will be subject to noise and pollution generated by future traffic.

 

Suburbs have the undesirable yet justifiable reputation of being highly dependent on private vehicles.

 

Let us hope Richmond Hill can develop mass transportation alternatives and be a shining example of a suburb having, in relative terms, a lot of harmony with the environment.