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“Not in my backyard” shouldn’t apply to recent Madison developments

Published 4:41pm Tuesday, March 22, 2011

We’ve all heard it before, and we’ve likely all said it.

“Not in my backyard.”

That phrase has stalled development in our country for many years, but many times it’s unwarranted.

Sure, no one likes construction in their backyard, but many times it’s needed.

And that’s the case with the groundbreaking of the Madison Hospital, the new high school and The Shoppes of Madison.

While construction for these three projects is bound to create headaches for area residents, the long-term benefits will far outweigh the short-term inconveniences.

With the addition of Madison Hospital, emergency and much-need medical care will now be a stone’s throw away, while also attracting many other businesses to the area.

While that in turn may create more construction headaches for residents, in the long run it will provide better access to goods and services here in Madison, while also increasing property values.

The addition of the new school is crucial to the city of Madison, as the local educational system is one of the most important factors people consider when purchasing a new home.

And if you’ve ever been through the halls of Bob Jones High School, the state’s largest school, you know that something must be done soon to alleviate the overcrowding before the BRAC move is completed.

The Shoppes of Madison is another needed addition, providing a plethora of local goods and services.

Target was recently announced as the anchor store, which should attract other sit-down restaurants, home decor stores and more to the development.

These three projects are increasing the quality of life in Madison, and the city leaders and school officials who moved quickly to make these projects a reality should be applauded.

These projects will provide millions of dollars from sales and property taxes in the future, which in turn will go back into our community.

After all, if it wasn’t in our backyard, someone else would be reaping the rewards.

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