Friday, January 28, 2005

Letter: Honor Promenade's vision, promise

The Commercial Appeal
Letters to the Editor

Your Jan. 26 edition included a 50-year-old photograph of the almost-completed two-story parking garage on the Public Promenade. In the early 1950s, many questioned whether a parking garage was an appropriate use of that public space. To garner support for the project, the city attorney explained that the garage would be built underground with a beautiful park at street level "with walkways, flowers, grass and shrubbery." (The Commercial Appeal, Nov. 5, 1950)

The Riverfront Development Corp. now says it will put a lot of green space under privately developed high-rise offices and apartments it wants to build on the promenade's remaining few acres?

Why not replace the garage with a beautiful park, as promised by the city attorney in 1950 and envisioned by city founders in 1819?

Hite Mclean

(Also see: Bygone days: Paving Paradise)

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