Here we go again. I was opposed to the paving of the West Ashley Greenway from Folly Road to Stinson Drive. I canvassed neighborhoods and even wrote a letter to Mayor Joe Riley.
I was too late; the city paved it anyway. I’ve gotten used to it and use it all the time to visit my mother and do some light grocery shopping on my bike.
I admit it is a boon to those who use the Greenway to commute by bike and for parents to stroll their children. I have never once seen anyone in a wheelchair use it and I use it frequently. With all the dips and uneven surfaces, perhaps it was a good thing for that section from Folly Road to Stinson Drive. I get it.
- However, now the city is going to finish the job of paving some real honest to goodness natural beauty.
Recently, I decided to bike the entire length of the Greenway and take pictures. I’m at a loss. How can the city cover up beautiful pine needle covered sections of land that so many people enjoy? It is just another form of development that is unnecessary and costly.
There are studies that show that asphalt next to wetlands causes a 19 percent decline in reptile and amphibian species and a 14 percent decline in the richness of bird species, and harms breeding birds. The Greenway is smack dab in the middle of such wetlands.
I do not think that the City of Charleston has considered the impact on what is an environmentally sensitive area. I surveyed many of the walkers, bikers and runners that day and every one of them said it would be a travesty to pave this beautiful stretch of unadulterated semi-wilderness.
I wish the city would pay more attention to preserving the little bit of nature that’s left in our backyards, and stop this continual development. When will it stop?