I read this article about the Skywalk created at the Grand Canyon by the Hualapai Tribe. This Skywalk was created to allow visitors to have something new and exciting to see at the Southern Rim of the Grand Canyon. The main reason the Hualapai Tribe decided to do this was to help boost their struggling economy. The Hualapai hope that this new attraction will cause more people to want to come and take part in the Grand Canyon experience on the Southern Rim. Though this seems beneficial for the Hualapai, environmentalists have expressed their dislike for the Skywalk. They say that it tarnishes the beauty and natural look of the Grand Canyon.
I think that the Skywalk is a great idea. It does change the look of the Canyon where it stands, but allows many people to see a part of the Grand Canyon that was almost impossible to see before. I think that this is a wonderful thing! It should, in my opinion, increase the demand of that tourist site. I think that providing something like this increase the demand by providing better sight-seeing possibilities is a very smart economic move. Also, I think that no matter what venture one chooses to take, there will always be people who will want to take issue with what is being done. Often times environmentalists are more concerned about providing negative externalities than with trying to see the benefits of what is being done. I feel that this is the case with the Skywalk. It will only enhance peoples experience at the Grand Canyon--and that is a great thing.
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