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Called the Grand Canyon Escalade, the developers refer to the project as a “tourism destination development” that will include shopping, an IMAX theater, multiple hotels, and an RV park. It’s all centered around a Gondola Tramway, designed to take travelers “from the rim of the Grand Canyon to an elevated Riverwalk on the Canyon floor.”
An action group called Sum Of Us is having none of it and has started an online petition to fight the development, which has reached 90,000 supporters — 10,000 people away from its 100,000 goal. According to the petition, the tram is being built in a “sacred place for the Navajo.“
originally posted by: jude11
Anything for a buck.
Only thing worse than the developers are those that will pay money to go and support it after it's built. Just as guilty IMO.
Bastards...All of them.
And so what if it's a National Park right? Bought and paid for by the tax payers only to be sold for profit to bottom feeders.
originally posted by: Benevolent Heretic
a reply to: lostbook
I say no, too. We already have enough malls, theaters, hotels, and RV parks in the area. I lived in Phx for 15 years and have been to the Grand Canyon several times through my life. This kind of commercialism would ruin it more than it already is!
People seem to not be able to get enough money! If they look at the Canyon and think, "Hmm... how can I make more money from this?" instead of seeing it for the beautiful place it is, they need to rethink their priorities.
originally posted by: Granite
a reply to: lostbook
This story better explains the Navajo Chief is one partner of the Developers Confluence Partners. He is fronting $65 million of tribes money on infrastructure. His reasoning for supporting the project is his people are very poor and the suicide rate is high.
Grand Canyon Escalade is being designed to enable public access to the majestic Grand Canyon while minimizing adverse environmental impacts and preserving historical, cultural and religious areas on or in the Canyon. The Escalade gondola tramway to the Canyon floor will provide a unique and unmatched ability for the casual tourist to actually visit the Canyon floor and the Colorado River, providing an opportunity to combine awe inspiring views from the Canyon’s rim, as well as from the Canyon floor. Pedestrian friendly arcades will allow visitors to access Artisan Studios and Galleries along the Canyon rim, which will offer not only shopping but the ability to interact with Native American artists and artisans, dine at restaurants with unparalleled views, learn about the Navajo and Native Americans by touring the Cultural Center, and spend the night at a Canyon-side lodge. Green buildings utilizing native materials, living systems and site-sensitive design will make Grand Canyon Escalade a model for eco-friendly development. Centralized parking with natural landscape buffers to protect the Canyon experience will provide convenient access for autos, tour busses and mass-transportation while eliminating unsightly sprawl and congestion.