With the Lego trend starting to fail, what about Goshen's future?

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To the Editor:

I have been a critic of the Legoland project from the beginning for a multitude of reasons, including certain effects on traffic, our water supply, and other environmental issues. It is not a well kept secret that areas around amusement parks are not desirable places to live.

I grew up in proximity to two of them. One was Palisades Amusement Park, right over the George Washington Bridge, about five miles from my old home in the Bronx. Although it did very well for years, it closed in the 1970s and became high density housing. The other park I refer to was Freedomland, constructed in the sparsely populated Baychester area of the Bronx. It enjoyed tremendous initial success, but only for a brief five years (although traffic around both parks was absolutely horrendous), then suddenly closed to become high density housing (Co-op City). My point is that it is hard to predict what will happen in 5-10 years, let alone 20 or 30, and a park that suddenly shuts down will leave us with a steel and concrete wasteland.

Just last week, the Wall Street Journal featured an article "Legos Fail to Click in the U.S.", discussing falling sales of its product in the past year. Trends indeed change with the times.

If we allow the Town Board of Goshen to change the current zoning laws there is no way to predict or protect us from what the future may bring for those now 523 pristine acres in our backyard.

Robert Wolfson


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