"Perhaps the bridge New York most urgently needs to help build is not across the Hudson River, but between the diverging communities that inhabit the valley that abuts it." And you're not for the Ward System Ryan? Seems to me that you should be promoting it. You are completely right that we need to embrace new ways of balancing the various interests in Ramapo. I for one would much rather be working with the ultra orthodox than choosing between fighting them, resenting them or fleeing. A sustainable community must have room for everyone and a voice for everyone.