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Letters for August 8, 2007

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Heart(burn) of the Triad If Brent McKinney thinks that people don’t want to mow a half acre yard anymore, why do these, “awful” subdivisions that they are fighting against fill up before all the houses are built [“Whose Heart of the Triad?”; Aug. 1; by Jordan Green]? If the various HOT members and co-chairs are insulted by the fact that we view them as [having] clear conflicts of interest because of the huge amount of realtors and developers that make up their grand committee, then try not to stack the odds so much next time and listen to us, the residents, that begged to be part of it or totally opposed it a few years ago. For highly educated individuals such as Perkins and McKinney and the rest of the components of the HOT fiasco, they don’t present themselves in that manner at all. But present-day apathy towards politics and business are what they are banking on. They hoped so many wouldn’t cry foul, or at least if they did, they hoped it would be too late. We are still asking to be part of this process, and continually see that we are only an impediment to the huge amounts of revenue this area can accommodate if exploited by those who do not even live here.

Brad Winston-Salem

He speaks for the trees I was really moved by your article by Amy Kingsley [“A tale of two cedars: Greensboro City Council has mixed environmental record”; July 4, 2007] and wrote this to Mr. Sipsis in reply. Maybe you can use it somewhere. Thanks!

Dear Mr. George Sipsis; I was somewhat troubled by an article I read in the local paper recently. Being a business owner once myself I can understand the need to balance profit with providence. Yet, I cannot understand why you would balk at the city’s tree ordinance. We should feel privileged and honored to live in a city that makes any ordinances for our greenscapes, and we should fight to uphold them, not balk at complying with them. The front of your restaurant lacks color and pizazz, and frankly anything that would create an inviting environment. The two wizened saplings you’ve stuck in the ground are an obvious gesture filled with your contempt for the city council. Why could your restaurant not be a beacon of the way business owners should act, excited to create new green spaces for people to eat and sit and enjoy their meals as opposed to being shunted into little bark buildings and trough-fed like cattle? Why not go above and beyond what the council orders us to do, creating something worthy and wonderful – lush beds filled with plantings and full-figured trees, as opposed to the stark and harsh blacktopped landscape. Would it really cut into our profit margins that much? Would it really cause us so much loss? Or would more people be attracted to our establishments? Eager to try a new place? Would you really not benefit from the positive press? Sadly, I have heard many of my friends comment on your actions in regard to the ordinance; many plan on not ever eating there again, and are encouraging their friends and neighbors to do the same. You may find that in an effort to protect your bottom line and save a few parking spaces you have done more harm than good. I hope you can rectify this PR debacle. Sincerely,

Christopher M. Tweel Greensboro

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