Letters to the Editor

Downtown need greenspaces

In the June 2 article A collision of views, proponents of the soccer stadium say that destination parks attract people as opposed to pastoral parks that consist of green spaces and trees. That may be true of theme parks such as Disney World, but residents of large cities want those green spaces. One of the pluses of great European cities is the close proximity of large green areas to their residents.

Bicentennial Park was a failure because few people lived nearby. Businesses and offices would close at 5 p.m. and transients and homeless would take over the park and its deserted streets nearby. Decades later, thousands of people living in gleaming new towers want verdant spaces for strolls, jogs, bike rides, picnics and impromptu soccer games. These spaces are the destinations for new residents.

Serg J. Rioux, Coral Gables