Letters on Gainesville Architecture, Gentrification and More
Tall and ugly buildings
Why should high density be accompanied by a loss of design adapted to its territory, territories steeped in history of which we were proud? Good architecture over a period of time creates a sense of place that can be destroyed by ugly new buildings.
The Duck Pond neighborhood is an example where new construction is needed to match the sense of place, and there are a few other historic neighborhoods. Too bad that University Avenue and the city center were not protected by architectural standards.
The new Santa Fe College building on University Avenue is an example of good architecture that fits together; many other new buildings nearby do not. The crown jewel of downtown is/was a 1910 post office called the Hippodrome. It and other nearby structures that once provided a sense of place are extremely obscured.
Why do we allow density to be ugly?
Gary Anglin and Robert Rush, Gainesville
The onslaught of gentrification
When I hear mayoral candidate David Areola, District 4 City Commission candidate Brian Eastman, and even the coaster and calm Harvey Ward talk about the need to fundamentally ravage our wonderfully diverse city, filled with trees and wild animals opening up our magnificent single – from family neighborhoods to exploitative builders and development entities – I’m appalled and with the size of the city, it’s happened here, so quickly.
Because people don’t get it fast enough, it seems to keep them from ruining that wonderful pocket of care and empathy for our region’s natural beauty that bestows so many blessings on each of us daily.
Stay awake, Gainesville. Don’t back down during this onslaught of gentrification or you can all say goodbye in the name of so-called progress and claim that this push to grab these properties has nothing to do with helping the working poor find a job. shelter. It would be tantamount to admitting that we have not only become desensitized to the rapidly rising concrete around us, but that in this Mecca of learning and cultural richness, we are actually naïve enough to think that our leaders would sell us a day for ambition.
Hugh E. Suggs, Gainesville
Response to criticism
I loved Susan Bottcher’s July 17 letter. I’m thrilled to live rent-free in the head of a former city commissioner who hid the overcharge from Gainesville Regional Utilities customers before the biomass power plant came online in order to hide the true cost of this debacle.
The fact is, while the citizens of Gainesville were screaming about the Koppers Superfund site and getting hammered by the most inept public service policy in the history of the city of Gainesville, Bottcher’s repeated responses were the modern equivalent of “let them eat cake”. ”
Being criticized by probably the worst city commissioner Gainesville has ever had isn’t really the worst thing for me.
Stafford Jones, Gainesville
Jump to conclusions
What an outrageously unfair headline and lead story appeared on your front page on July 18: “K-9 Attack Costs a Man’s Eye.
The police were doing their job to protect the community from their fellows. Allowing criticism of our police even before the facts are known is irresponsible.
Plus, the shameful illustration of this story by The Sun with two photos of this man’s injuries – a quarter-page photo of his hand! — would be hilarious if it weren’t so unfair.
And Police Chief Lonnie Scott’s comments promising a “transparent and accurate account of this incident” should have been on the front page, not buried at the very end of the story on page 5-A.
Shame on the sun. Shame on the man. And shame on a community that jumps to conclusions.
Dorothy Smiljanich, Gainesville
Terrell Bradley sadly joins a historically racist list of black people treated as runaway slaves. Pulled over for an alleged traffic violation – though it wouldn’t be surprising if it was yet another harassment while driving in black – he freaks out and drives off.
The police, knowing who he is from his ID card, do not need to call the dogs at this point. To treat a non-threatening, non-aggressive man the way they did could only lead to unfair and hurtful possibilities.
Gainesville’s reputation has once again been tarnished by police overreaction to contact with a young black man. Not so long ago we witnessed the murder of teenager Robert Dentmond and the assassination of Kofi Adu-Brempong. As Malcolm X wisely observed, pulling the dipping knife halfway out of the back is not progress.
Bob Tomashevsky, archer
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