Letters to the Editor
"How's Tricks?," Off Limits, August 14
Forty thousand prostitutes? I don't think so! Obviously the good brothers and sisters of the church meant to develop an outreach program for the 40,000 journalists about to invade our fine city during the DNC.
The confusion is understandable, as it is difficult to tell the difference between prostitutes and journalists!
Democratic National Convention
Artbeat, Michael Paglia, August 14
It is important to note that there are intentions beyond what seems to be the obvious reaction to Dialog:City. The DNC promotes to be the host of the Democratic National Convention for the United States. It's shortsighted to believe that the DNC is first a chance for Denver to show its threads, second a national convention. After all, the "D" is not for Denver. Maybe the rest of the country/art world needs to see Denver as a potential host — a vibrant city that can challenge some of the concerns currently circulating within the art world, one worthy of hosting artists who unarguably engage a much larger audience. What an opportunity to connect with artists who might otherwise never be so accessible.
What I'd ask is, why doesn't Michael Paglia's Artbeat spotlight those art initiatives that exist outside the confines of Dialog:City/DNC, or do they not exist? And furthermore, why don't some of the more pertinent questions brought forth during the pre-DNC fervor front the Westword arts section, such as those that revolve around more permanent local cultural initiatives — DAM, MCA and the LAB, all much more problematic than Dialog:City?
I'm concerned by Denver's separatist tendencies. This "local" artist community left out of the DNC — how dynamic is it when addressing some of the questions put forth by the DNC, concerns, to name a few, that navigate non-commercial, political, social, educational, site-specific, participatory, sustainable cultural production? All of which present themselves in some of the more vibrant cultural centers in this country and happen to be part of the Dialog:City programming.
"The Station Agents," Joel Warner, August 14
Joel Warner has presented a very concise overview of the Union Station redevelopment project. It is immediately obvious that there is far from a consensus on the final plan. Any time a project of this magnitude comes forth, there are bound to be some who don't see their vision fulfilled.
It is my opinion that one very basic precept is missing: This project is a transportation hub, not an urban renewal project. With a very disjointed modal interface, to accommodate the developer's maximum income, the seamless connectivity has been lost. It is unheard of in the international industry to have a connecting mode anything less than cross-platform. I refer, of course, to the light-rail portion. Until dirt is moved and rail is installed, we can correct this blatant affront to common sense.
Great article! Union Station's time has come again. I hope it will be the center for all modes of transportation coming together.
One evening in July, we arrived on the eastbound California Zephyr. The train entered Denver slowly and then inched onto a siding, where we sat. And sat. We knew the train was close to Union Station, and people were anxious to get there. But we sat there for what seemed a long time. It probably wasn't, but we were so close. At last we inched backward into the station. This is the normal procedure.
If Denver is to be a future hub for more trains, this is not acceptable. Yet the big plans for Union Station do not even think about making a through track. This would cost something, but should be part of the plan.
Edie Bryan (former RTD boardmember)
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