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November 3, 2003 // UPDATED 11:06 am - April 30, 2007
By: w me the pictures! What is too ornate? Is this the kind of forward-thinking decision making that resulted in monstrosities like 33 South Sixth? Or 100 Washington Square? A child with a crayon could draw the exteriors of these building with minimal guidanc
w me the pictures! What is too ornate? Is this the kind of forward-thinking decision making that resulted in monstrosities like 33 South Sixth? Or 100 Washington Square? A child with a crayon could draw the exteriors of these building with minimal guidanc

I seem to recall that Mozart's compositions were once criticized for having "too many notes" by Emperor Joseph II. I, for one, am disappointed by the lack of "notes" in the designs of far too many modern Downtown buildings. Colin Silver Downtown worker

Editor's note: The Heritage Preservation Commission approved a revised design Oct. 21.

Skyway musician soothes What a shame that cellist David McGee was treated like a criminal when he's using his unique talent to earn a living, instead of panhandling or depending on public health benefits as someone else might who doesn't have a regular job (Oct. 13-19).

Musicians performing in the skyways or on the streets should be welcomed, not shunned. One would think that David was offending people with rock-and-roll music (like Block E does) or gospel sounds (like some local churches do). Instead, his classical music could provide a healthy diversion to stressed-out workers after spending a strenuous day in an office cubicle.

I hope he contests the charges of trespassing, begging, or whatever the police and courts think of in order to ban him from the skyways, especially now with winter approaching. And shame on the security personnel if their action was based on complaints instead of on eyewitness evidence.

It's also a shame that this cultural-minded city can't find a way to legitimize all skyway and street musicians by a registration or permit system. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could strive for diversity in all areas of life? Donna M. Anderson Phillips