An entrance to a parking lot?!?!?

I second David Wharton’s opinion regarding former N&R editor Irwin Smallwood’s idea on what to do with War Memorial Stadium as published in today’s paper.

“…Mr. Smallwood is proposing to take a still useful and much-used stadium, and make of it a “useless monument” that its makers disavowed. I mean, the entrance to a parking lot?  … I find Mr. Smallwood’s idea of ripping one of Greensboro’s major architectural landmarks from its setting, where it is much loved and valued by its neighbors, to be simply repulsive…”

Mr. Smallwood is out of touch with reality if he really thinks that such an audacious act of urban removal should be taken seriously.  Problem is though, I fear some Greensboro taxpayers will likely read that screed then sit back and say to themselves… “hmmmm, that sounds reasonable.”

Update: Sam Hieb“…that he can conjure such a crazy idea is only indicative of the fantasy world in which newspaper editors continue to operate.”

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  1. Posted May 30, 2007 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Even I almost spit coffee across the table when I saw Smallwood’s article. I thought perhaps you and Wharton were being punked!

  2. Brenda Bowers
    Posted May 31, 2007 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    I was livid when I saw this insanity! Didn’t spit coffee across the table just hurled the N&R across the room and scared the bejesus out of Felix our rabbit. It took me two hours to coax him out from under the bed and by that time I had calmed down enough not to send Robinson a blistering e-mail for giving print space to this blasphemy. The veterans of WWI ask that if the city erected a monument to them it be a “livingâ€? monument and not just a hunk of stone, and this is what the city did. Now 75 years later the veterans of all the wars since (including the current one) I am sure would feel the same. This is why we people of Greensboro have to fight our city council and city hall to keep up the repairs of this important historical monument so that it can remain useable and “alive” for the people of Greensboro. BB

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