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Published in U.S. 1 Newspaper on July 19, 2000. All rights
Between the Lines: D&R Canal
No one will be surprised to hear that a Rutgers census
study describes New Jersey as the most densely populated state in
the nation. More surprising, though, is that — with 1,100 people
per square mile — New Jersey’s population density is greater than
that of India and Japan.
Maybe that is one reason why we have received such enthusiastic
about Carolyn Foote Edelmann’s poetic descriptions of various
enclaves in our crowded midst. Edelmann’s recent visits to the
& Raritan Canal towpath (U.S. 1, July 5,
www.princetoninfo.com/200007/00705p01.html) and to the Sourland
Mountain Preserve (July 12,
www.princetoninfo.com/200007/00705c01.html) triggered a flurry of
responses, some passed along
by neighbors and colleagues at work and some included in letters to
Edelmann reports that it began with a Post-it on her apartment door
shortly after the towpath article: "Impressive work in U.S.
On the same day Bob Humienny of American ReInsurance dropped her a
note with an almost identical observation: "Impressive piece in
U.S. 1 this week." (American Re later posted a description of
the Edelmann article on the company’s intranet, along with a link
to the article on the U.S. 1 website, princetoninfo.com.)
Then Linda Barth of the Canal Society of New Jersey was wondering
why she had received an unprecedented number of phone calls about
joining the series of towpath walk that she leads monthly (and that
was listed at the end of our article). And many wondered why the
lot at the Griggstown Causeway was unusually packed.
Then came the letters and E-mails:
CONGRATULATIONS ON a great story on the D&R Canal. It is well written
and entertaining and captures the essence of the canal. Great job!
Delaware & Raritan Greenway
570 Mercer Road
your calling in prose, bringing the poet’s lyricism. And here you’ve
combined it with the work of my favorite nature photographer, Clem
the author was wrong about the geological formation. The glaciers
only extended to the Newark Basin, not as far south at the Sourlands.
What you see in the Sourlands in uneroded basalt and argillite.
This is a special environment and I am going to join the Sourland
Planning Council. Thanks for publishing it.
how densely populated we may be — this is still a small world:
towpath is a wonderful refuge.
I was especially delighted by your discovery of the dates penciled
on the sawn ash. That was my doing last fall or winter, for my own
curiosity about the tree’s age, but also hoping others would see and
appreciate the information. It’s nice to know that you did.
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