Opinion writer Kerri Ana Provost says that the road began as a series of footpaths, developed before colonizers arrived. In the land grab, it became Route 1, its other names being legion. The choice was made, repeatedly, to build up alongside it: motels, strip malls, one after another. More pavement was added. If you follow the road from Greenwich through Stonington, what you see bears no resemblance to its origins and there’s no amount of squinting to assist the imagination. It is a travesty, the epitome of cultural arrogance that permits one to trample over those who were here already, to destroy the land. The steadfast refusal to amend this mess with any expedience has consequences.