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National Park Service calls development plans a threat to Grand Canyon
National Park Service calls development plans a threat to Grand Canyon

At the rim of the Grand Canyon, busloads of Chinese tourists jostled on a recent day with twentysomething backpackers and an Amish family with rambunctious boys in suspenders and straw hats, all eager for a prime viewing spot. They gazed out on a dizzying sight of receding canyons and sheer rock walls, with the Colorado River cutting though the canyon floor a mile down. Generations of park managers have tried to preserve that natural vista, but officials here say a proposed development would alter the view. Looking eastward from the canyon's popular South Rim, visitors could soon see a hive of construction as workers build restaurants, hotels and shops on a distant mesa on the...

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