Had Amazon.com selected Cherry Valley as a potential site for its next mega-warehouse, chances are high that the Pass area would not be interested.

Environment, not economy, is the priority here, as expressed in meetings, and in letters: people move to Cherry Valley to get away from the bustle of the noisy, polluted city.

The remnants of what there is for clean air, and the peace and solitude enjoyed in the hills here, is the lifestyle that residents choose over close access to decent-paying jobs, because it is a respite from the stress generated by concrete jungles.

Property owners take a risk in investing in land, commercially or residentially; and while the gamble for a warehouse company now moving forward in Cherry Valley seems to have paid off, it comes at the expense of local residents whose traditional livelihoods will be disrupted.

Hopefully this does not signal a new trend in Cherry Valley, the likes we have witnessed in Beaumont, Redlands and San Bernardino, where walking trails are interrupted and wind their way between giant logistics buildings — not exactly the experience folks seeking recreation in the “outdoors”would be looking for.

Residents will figure out other means to maintain their tax base for the services they expect from municipalities.

Cherry Valley is rural for a reason, and the Pass area wishes to keep it that way.

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