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Turnpike Slip Ramp

Paul Stevens letter to
Senator Gerlach

April 7, 1999
Senator James W. Gerlach
Senate Box 203044
168 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3044
Re: Charlestown/Rte. 29 Slip Ramp
Dear Senator Gerlach:
Thank you for your prompt and extremely informative response of March 25 to my earlier letter. Your interest and ongoing concerns are much appreciated.
Don't you find it interesting that a single corporate center can drive the decisions of the Turnpike Authority to the extent that entire townships can be made to suffer irreversible damage? Disregarding for a moment the somewhat specious reasoning that such a slip ramp would allegedly alleviate the horrible congestion at the King of Prussia interchange (an assertion no one could possibly prove), what does that say about the priorities we have as human beings?
The question is, of course, rhetorical. It is clear that the Authority's motivations are to collect additional revenues while it mollifies the complaints of a handful of commercial developers and their tenants.
My wife and I applaud your continuing efforts to bring some sense to the insanity, and help get us back onto the reasonable path of dealing with land use and growth management issues in ways that are beneficial to everyone, starting with the families and children who are to grow and inherit the things we perpetrate.
Paul Stevens

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