CONCORD, MASS. — The town that sits where 19th-century author Henry David Thoreau walked in quiet awe of nature is expanding its garbage dump - just shouting distance from the ever-threatened Walden Pond.
In a town meeting last week, residents voted 315 to 42 in favor of borrowing money to open another section of the Concord landfill, which lies a few hundred yards from the hallowed pond.
It is yet another assault against the legacy of Thoreau, a man who perhaps symbolizes environmentalism. A day before the Concord town meeting, celebrity activists led an estimated 7,000 people on a walk to save Walden Woods from a proposed office building.