I write in favor of turning Parcel B into a first class park, as it was promised in 1996 in a referendum over building the Miami Heat arena. Most everyone I know is also in favor of a Cuban Exile History Museum, but not at Parcel B. There are other locations more appropriate for the museum.
The issue between the park and the museum should not revolve around ethnic pride but should follow a promise to the public that has so long been denied. Thousands of new residents now live in downtown Miami and are clamoring for new park space. The city has the least amount of park space for any high density city in the nation and there are precious few waterfront parks as it is.
Having a building go up on that waterfront space would ruin the aesthetic potential of the area. The intangible yet real value of a waterfront experience for the public needs to be fulfilled. The Urban Environment League urges your support for the resolution of Miami-Dade Commissioner Audrey Edmonson — yet still seek space elsewhere for the museum.
Gregory Bush, Miami