Regarding the Oct. 29 letter (“Cautionary tale about overdevelopment”) deploring the conversion of so much farmland into housing developments, especially in Cherry Hill, New Jersey: Well, I come from that neck of the woods (Haddonfield) and my sister still lives in another nearby town. I have been there many times and agree that there’s a lot of traffic, but wonder what else the writer would expect of people who needed housing. Would he rather have high-rise apartments, with the various attendant problems those would cause?
People have to live somewhere. I admit we could probably do without so many of what are facetiously known as “starter mansions,’’ but all the same, the writer should recognize that the population of the U.S. is roughly twice now what it was in the 1950s, and people, as I say, have to live somewhere. Would he prefer to have them camping out in the park?
After World War II, there were many former servicemen getting married and having families, often rather large, compared with the one-child or two-children families of the Depression. Places like Levittown developed with small ranch houses that served the purpose, and which many people of lower incomes would like to find available nowadays. But times have changed, and the nice little starter house no longer seems to be available.
It is sad but true that farmland will continue to be put to housing use. I don’t see what else they can do.
Mildred K. Henderson
East Hempfield Township