Constructing Illiana would encourage more sprawl

2013-07-21T00:00:00Z Constructing Illiana would encourage more sprawl nwitimes.com
July 21, 2013 12:00 am

This regards Rich James’ July 17 column in support of the Illiana tollway.

Using his rationale, since we already sprawled development all over the northern half of Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties, it is OK to sprawl all over the southern half.

Development here has been like Pac-Man gobbling up the countryside except where he takes a 90-degree turn in another direction.

Look at the development of recent decades. Even parks built for youth sports need to be driven to and need large parking lots.

It is not the most efficient or responsible use of land.

James might be right in suggesting the Illiana does not prevent the “revitalization” of the older, northern communities, but where do you think the developers would want to spend their money?

The development of the last few decades was done without a comprehensive plan. Now we have one, NIRPC’s 2040 Plan.

Rebuild the inner core and save the open spaces for growing crops, for recreation and for nature.

- Jim Sweeney, Schererville

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