Letter to the Editor: Town Heart Center

Friday, July 23, 2010

To the Editor:

I am sending you a link to a TED lecture that I feel has very important information and implications for us regarding how we proceed with our Town Heart Center.

In this profound and humorous TED lecture by Howard Kunstler on suburbia, he reviews the serious business of suburbia; how we got where we are now and how we might get out of the typical suburbia dilemma we find ourselves facing. He challenges us and provides creative ways to think about our future direction.

Although, I am not a fan and I apologize up front for his tasteless (some might refer to it as colorful) vocabulary, he has ideas and perceptions that we might want to take to heart with regard to our City's Heart Center(s).

Throughout the lecture he reviews suburban architecture and design with a critical and perceptive eye. In the later portion of his lecture he shows diagrams and photographs of potential, living, civic and residential centers.

I offer you this presentation in the hopes that it will stimulate new and creative ways for some of us to think about our heart center's future before we attempt to build it.

Afia Menke


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