I’m breathing a sigh of relief now because the Old Russian gamers will be here a while yet, a vestige of permanence in the changing
The plan may be motivated by perfectly well-meaning folks. For my money they have been infected by the mania for change and construction. In the words of neighbor Jorge Ratcovich, who lives across from this park, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
People are the focus of the park, the tennis players lobbing balls, the weight lifters pumping iron, the children in the playground running around and giving their parents a moment of peace. The setting of
An architectural conspiracy seems to be afoot, as well. But the move to tear down the Great Hall and transmogrify Fiesta Hall and the Great Hall, the stucco and red-tile Spanish revival buildings that reflect
I have been directly touched by another local effort at ”˜improvement.’ In my neighborhood last year in the
This pool house had a laid-backness and a relaxed gentility often lacking in contemporary American buildings. It’s something I’m going to mourn, as the fact that my swimming pool, the protagonist of my summer idyll, has been turned at present into a field of dust. Nobody took into account the old pool house because it was considered unremarkable and inefficient (passing by in the night you could hear the boilers hiss and clank.) I’m sure all the gas and electric savings will pencil out in a few hundred years. Nor do I underestimate the value of bulldozing and building for the economy and the fun of destruction itself.
Without my daily dip in the pool, however, it’s a fair assessment to say that I am going bananas this summer. I wonder for the families and the children that splashed and sunbathed and tobogganed down the water slide. And may the City Stewards of West Hollywood heed the public will, and know that every person who speaks out stands for ten bogged down by the day-to-day chains, and maintain a park which exquisitely performs its community function.
Grady Miller can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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