PHOTOS: Parkway, Library Among U.S. "Monuments" At Risk

PHOTOS: Parkway, Library Among U.S. ''Monuments'' At Risk
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Cultural Landscape of Hadley, Massachusetts

The Connecticut River winds through Massachusetts farmland in October 2008. This landscape is a "unique survivor" of modern development--it's one of the few remaining examples in the world of the British medieval technique of open-field agriculture, according to WMF's Avrami.

The unfenced parcels of land today look much as they did when English Puritans broke ground in the region in 1659. But about half of the landmark's 350 acres (142 hectares) are zoned for future homes and businesses, landing the site on the WMF's 2010 World Monuments Watch List.

"While there isn't a building that's about to be built, we looked at that as something that really required careful planning now," Avrami said. "We didn't want Hadley to end up on the Watch [List] ten years from now."
—Photograph by Chris Curtis, courtesy World Monuments Fund
 
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