Letters

Week of October 22, 2003

It all comes back to the Opera House: Five years ago Metropolis could have helped re-open a Kennedy Center downtown. Downtown was their proper focus until they were "lured away." St. Louis would be celebrating a real downtown. Young, talented people would be beating down Metropolis' door. Instead Metropolis sold out to Danforth, Fleming, Reeves, for places at the shrinking civic-issues table and airline tickets for junkets to other cities. Leadership and success was before them. They were invited to greatness. They chose inclusion and tokenism.

Denver celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Denver Performing Arts Center -- a primary catalyst for downtown Denver revitalization. Kiel remains dark, and Metropolis "searches" for something. Its moment of truth was five years ago.
Ed L. Golterman
St. Louis

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