I've often seen people protest development on private land. I understand their concern and sympathize, but how can you tell someone else what they should do with their land? Can or even should you prevent the sale of private land to developers? What is an alternative solution? A group in southwest Columbia is facing this problem, and they are dealing with it by...buying the land themselves. I think this is what everybody should do if they don't like what a proposed sale of land is going to be used for.
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