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?
(Also see: Bygone days: Paving Paradise)