Letter to the editor

Volume 16 • Issue 21 | October 21 – 27, 2003


Buses at the W.T.C.

To The Editor:

I like your paper a lot. I read it cover to cover, including the ads whenever I get a chance to see it. I look for it. It covers Downtown better than anything else I’ve seen. Hope you win some journalist’s prizes. You deserve it.

I was so glad to see David Stanke’s frank, clear piece advocating the only common sense placement of the bus facilities — in the “bathtub” (Talking Point, Oct. 14 – 20, “Put the bus garage under the W.T.C. memorial”). It’s the only thing that makes sense. Anyone who has been in Boston’s spectacular South Station bus terminal, where there is no bus parking, knows the misery that a too small footprint can have on a facility like this.

The problem here is a political one. There are a group of respected people sorely hurt by our foreign policy who are setting an unrealistic agenda. Yes a memorial is required but once the city crowds in around the World Trade Center site again, the idea of it being sunk deep underground will make it the most unpleasant of places. This is a city. There will be no wide open spaces to memorialize anyone, except high up in the sky. We are all part of a much bigger organism, the city itself, which needs to function to live. A greater loss in the historical perspective would be the failure to take the opportunity to make the place work.

The memorial is burned deeply in my memory. It can only be felt there. But in the end there are no memorials for the uncounted people who dropped in their traces every day, building this city to what it has become. Yes the victims of this tragedy died suddenly and unexpectedly, most in fear and heroism, but death often meets us that way. There have been no calls to gather every ash that scattered itself across this city and its rivers. It is as obviously unrealistic as the present calls to sanctify the footprints. To quote from memory a great American president, “we cannot desecrate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men (and women), living and dead who fought here have hallowed it far beyond our poor efforts to add or detract …” The best memorial in my opinion is to give the city back it’s heart, let it pump life and commerce through it’s arteries, lift the memorial above

the garages, into the sunlight. Please give us some politicians who have the nerve to do and say what needs to be said and done. And lets plan for the future.  As sea levels rise, why have a memorial underwater?  An underwater bus garage would be fitting.

Jamy Lasell

E.P.A. info

To The Editor:

Thanks Elizabeth O’Brien for the story about E.P.A.’s delay in releasing the lead tests (news article, Oct. 14 –20, 2003, “E.P.A. delays release of lead tests”). My apartment tested very high for asbestos in May. I recently received a substantial pack of court ready documents from a lawyer at the Environmental Protection Agency. I wanted a map or a list of apartments here that tested high for asbestos, but that also isn’t available yet. Hummmm…

Scott Myers

Love for tennis

To The Editor:

Tribeca and Battery Park City have many tennis players who have been suffering from the demolition of our two West St. courts and the Wall Street Racquet Club. Tennis is a lifetime sport enjoyed by children and adults alike. It improves the quality of life for all ages. In our post-September 11th neighborhood this activity is more important than ever before.

We the undersigned wish to thank those public and private officials who are helping to revitalize our neighborhoods through building three new tennis courts. These permanent courts will be built between Canal St. and Spring St. on the west side. We are particularly grateful to Councilmember Alan Gerson and his staff, Madelyn Wils and Community Board 1 and Connie Fishman of the Hudson River Park Trust (news article, Sept. 30 –Oct. 6, 2003, “Trust springs rink surprise”).

We appreciate this beginning and will continue to lobby for more courts, especially for year-round facilities.

Sara L. Weiss, John Jones, Madeline Williamson, David Leach and Ed Oldfield

Downtown Tennis Alliance

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