In this much-anticipated installment of the Doris Trials, we will explore the two organized initiatives that have been created in response to the proposed demolition of the beloved Country Manor. The DORIS group opposes the destruction, and the DCC will represent the community in the long-term.
DORIS, a clever acronym for ‘demolition of residence is senseless’, has been established as a community-oriented effort to foster understanding for the reasons why the manor’s demolition is suggested, as well as discovering possible counterarguments for these ideas. The group reportedly met and distributed ideas and assignments to execute in preparation for the road ahead. One thing that was released by a member is that “telling your grandchildren a story will impact them. Showing them something will inspire them”. Another concerned advocate stated it clearly and simply, “demolition is forever”. These are things that should definitely be considered in the overall process.
The second, quieter group, DCC, an abbreviation for Duke Community Collaborative, is lying in wait of its first event. Once the decision is reached, this group will handle the community’s interest in the grounds and their history. Some of their work will be done with the help of residents of localities such as Somerville, Raritan, and Hillsborough, while other topics will be handled between the committee, their volunteers, and with the anticipated cooperation of the property management team as well.
Both groups seek to create a vision of the Farms that suits the high standard of environmental stewardship already present, but incorporating the input from locals and historic notes supported by archival information. All individuals and parties involved with the Duke Estate hope to reflect her interests and provide assistance in producing a park experience to be continually representative of the Duke Family as fully as possible.