May 24, 2023

Onslaught of Warehouse Development Threatens Future of  NJ as Garden State

To the Editor:

Growing up in Princeton, I was impressed with the town’s progressive and impactful environmental initiatives. I attended my first climate rally in Palmer Square when I was a sophomore in high school at 16 years old. Now, as a 20-year-old sophomore in college, my passion for environmental activism has only grown. Thus, when I heard about the Bridge Point 8 project warehouse proposal, I felt compelled to take action.

Not only will the installation of a 5.5 million-square-foot warehouse development congest roads with thousands of trucks, polluting our airways, but it will also destroy land home to endangered species and 160 acres of flood-mitigating wetlands. Especially with the advent of COVID, many people have found solace and peace in exploring the outdoors within their local community. We have a moral obligation and duty to protect our environment. We must also look out for New Jersey brick-and-mortar small businesses that have taken a hit due to the pandemic and the continued rise of e-commerce services.

I grew up surrounded by open fields and historic parks, encompassing the ideal that New Jersey is the Garden State. However, due to the onslaught of warehouse development, I fear future generations will look around, seeing only acres of infrastructure, and wonder how New Jersey got its nickname.

Brooke Littman
Undergraduate student at Lehigh University
Paul Robeson Place