Letters to the Editor, April 19-22, 2014
April 18, 2014
A fond farewell for Lou Hudson
Last week I received very sad news from a friend who worked with me at The Park Record, when the paper lived on Main Street. She resides in New England now and shared an obituary from the Boston Globe. Lou Hudson was gone.
I did not have the privilege of knowing Lou at his zenith, when he "was one of the best shooting guards in NBA history," according to fellow Atlanta Hawks player and nine-time NBA All-Star, Dominique Wilkins.
Instead, I had the honor of getting to know "Sweet Lou" when he made a contribution of another kind, as an elected councilman for Park City in the mid-1990s. Anyone living in Park City then probably remembers our controversial Council meetings. They were contentious.
Lou brought a much-needed sense of fair play and an easy-going grace to City Hall. He preferred to call me Le-z-z-lie and sat on my left in Council Chambers every week for two years. We didn’t always vote the same but he had my back. Once, during an emotional testimony at a public meeting, I almost started to cry. Lou looked over and whispered, "Hold it together Lez-z."
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Sweet Lou’s kind support saved me from a humiliating experience and personal embarrassment. He was a good friend, indeed. Sadly, his backing can’t stop my tears this time.
Lou Hudson leaves a legacy of stellar athleticism, contributions to the community, human dignity and kindness. Sweet Lou, we are grateful for knowing you.
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KAC design would be shocking
Editor and Members of the Park City Planning Commission:
As a full-time member of mountain communities for more than 20 years and a resident of Park City for eight, I am writing to express my deep concern for the proposed design of the Kimball Art Center. My wife and I have raised our children here and we operate a small business in town so we have a vested interest. Park City is a special place where you can enjoy the beauty and tranquility of mountain life while enjoying the company of a diverse group of people.
Our community has great energy and passion and so I appreciate the perspective of those who see the new design as a breath of fresh air. I personally disagree. While I appreciate city life and city culture, I do not believe our little mountain town needs to aspire to the likes of Paris or L.A. with its architecture. What makes Park City special is that it is not those places. The proposed design would so greatly contrast with the charm of the historic Main Street surroundings that it would illicit shock from many who know and love our town. It would also create a precedent that would serve to slowly erode the unique character of our town.
The Silver Star development is an excellent example of preserving our town’s unique character while creating something special. Please, please do not allow the current design to go forward. Our town is already special and unique, let’s not ruin it by trying to be something else.
Anthony S. Carestia
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Conserve water while weather is still cool
Well, here I sit at home at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, 29 degrees outside, watching the sprinklers running at the Park Meadows Golf Course. Hmmmm, that seems unnecessary to be watering the lawn already. Let’s check out a website, http://www.slowtheflow.org,/ sponsored by Utah Department of Natural Resources, and see if they recommend watering in Summit County already. Nope!
Folks, we live in the second-driest state in America, based on annual rainfall. Yet we have the second-highest consumption rate of water per person, and most of that is because we have big lawns that we water too much. There is a wealth of information at your fingertips to help you learn how to conserve water, and the website I mentioned is a great place to look.
Park Meadows Country Club: Please turn off your sprinklers until it’s necessary! Also, could everybody also turn off their Christmas lights? It’s spring, for crying out loud. Let’s all think, "Reduce, Re-use, Recycle."
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Thanks to a pair of Banksy angels
I want to publicly express my gratitude to the Jim and Zibby Tozer for restoring and preserving the Banksy angel painting. They have gone to considerable expense, time and effort to make sure this community treasure endures.
I am a member of the Summit County Public Art Advisory Board, so I know how public art beautifies a community. I also see how this particular piece enhances visitors’ perceptions of Park City every time I lead an historic ghost tour. Visitors all know about the famous street artist are excited to see a real Banksy. When I tell them how the owner of the Cunningham Building rescued the painting from vandalism they are truly impressed. Thank you for restoring the Banksy Angel.
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Restaurants should not close on Sundays
When I first tried to eat at one of the new restaurants at Kimball Junction on a Sunday, I was surprised to find the doors locked. It was a fast-food lunch spot, the kind of place that was perfect for Kimball Junction. I couldn’t understand why anybody would have let a restaurant open in a busy shopping area, but not serve customers the busiest day of the week.
My friends told me there was nothing Park City could do. If a business wanted to turn away 1/7th of its revenue, they had the right to do that. No zoning could prevent a company from shutting down on Sundays.
Today, however, I learned that on the other side of Kimball Junction – within Newpark – the leases supposedly require tenants to stay open 365 days per year! Whoever developed Newpark wanted to maintain a lively atmosphere with lots of traffic, and knew seeing dark windows could be bad for all of its tenants. If the only restaurant nearby isn’t open to eat, you may shop somewhere else.
Learning that this is possible, I implore all landlords in Park City: Please require your tenants stay open on Sundays. You can put this in your leases. We have very few dining options for the growing size of our community. We can’t afford to lose another prime location to a business owner that does not want to serve their community on Sundays. Particularly at Kimball Junction, the community needs a place to eat. This is very different from taking a vacation in Old Town during the mud season. I am hoping landlords will read this. Let’s seek tenants that respect the community they do business in, and provide services that support their neighbors. Thank you.
Park City Culinary Institute