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   Amherst might not be the hotbed of development that it was in the 1970s and 1980s, but you would think that 1,254 acres with access to four heavily traveled thoroughfares on the open market might get the attention of someone.

   But the people who fought to keep Nature View Park undeveloped, some of whom I spoke with for my column today, say that loss of potential property tax revenue is well worth the cost.

   There's no question that the park is a treasure, especially for people who like activities such as birding or hiking. But is that the best use for it? And the larger question is: Should municipalities be taking land and barring it from ever being developed?

   --- Bruce Andriatch


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