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Letters to the Editor 10/25

October 25, 2000

Letters to the Editor 10/25



Promote our unique qualities



To the editor:

It would appear that the level of bureaucracy that exists in this community has not yet been informed of the process of supply and demand, nor of the necessary provisions with which to properly facilitate such matters. By utilizing such available information, conclusions pertaining to the necessity of a second Super Wal-Mart in Hagerstown can quickly be assessed.

One approach would be a comparison of the trends of past, present and future residential development with existing and expanding commercial growth. In this case, it would appear the trend of residential growth within this county has been moderate in increase, compared to new commercial development, which appears to be expanding throughout the region (Tri-State) at an exponential rate.

Due to the rapid expansion of commercial growth within the region, general labor forces from the surrounding rural counties are finding it less of a necessity to seek employment in our county, being provided those same opportunities by their own growing urban centers. If we continue to promote and support this type of mediocre commercial sprawl, our own location will become decreasingly appealing to both our rural counterparts and potential educated workforce.

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In order to establish a better understanding of our own direction, it may be beneficial to focus on our proximity to those neighboring counties experiencing similar effects of growth. Instead of trying to compete with the identities of these areas, our political bodies should be attempting to enhance the character of the community it is meant to serve, as growth within these counties change, affecting our own direction.

Those leaders willing to trade the potential of this community for such monotonous commercial development, must be willing to accept responsibility for the inevitable degradation of the quality of life that our communities seek to establish. If we do not preserve, respect and promote the unique qualities of every municipality that surrounds the urban center of our own county, we will forfeit the ability to promote the necessary quality of life to potential residents in the future.

Kristin Aleshire

Hagerstown

Funkstown bypass not the county's top highway issue



To the editor:

Maybe I'm missing something real obvious, but isn't Funkstown already the most bypassed town of 1,100 people in America? How many bypasses-per-person do they need?

Let's count 'em. Sixty years ago, the first bypass moved U.S. 40 from the middle of Funkstown to what we now call the Dual Highway in the city limits of Hagerstown. Then, 40 years ago, Interstate 70 began taking thousands of cars each day south of town, avoiding Funkstown so completely that not even an exit was provided for Alternate U.S. 40. For decades now, interstate traffic headed for Funkstown itself has been forced to go through the city of Hagerstown first.

Finally, just a half-mile north of village limits, Wilson Boulevard and Eastern Boulevard combine to form a perfectly good bypass for all of us here in Hagerstown crossing the south end with no desire to drive through Funkstown.

Should South Edgewood Drive be widened to accommodate additional traffic from the new Wal-Mart? Sure. But that's not a $12 million project, is it? South Edgewood is already a major shopping area, and most of the traffic enters and exits from the Dual Highway. Adding one more store, even a huge one, isn't going to cause all those shoppers from northeast Hagerstown to suddenly want to drive through Funkstown instead, is it?

Are there other spots in Washington County where $12 million in road construction could be better spent? You bet. How about straightening and widening Mapleville Road (Md. 66) between Cavetown and Boonsboro before the booming population along that stretch starts turning into highway fatality stats? How about building a connecting road between Hagerstown's north end and west end to take some of the pressure off Burhans? How about smoothing out the link between Eastern and Wilson to make that "southern bypass" more efficient? For that matter, widening North Edgewood Drive between Dual Highway and Mount Aetna probably ranks above another Funkstown bypass.

But tossing millions at a fourth bypass for a town of 1,100 folks seems like overkill. And a terrible waste of public money.

Mike McGough

Hagerstown

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