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Letter: Plaza renovation a story of civic pride, teamwork

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From: Terry Lee Whittaker


Our local news has been crowded for some time with discouraging stories about contentious relations between many groups, but the reopening of the library plaza is a shining example of people of goodwill working together to achieve a common goal.

The history of the plaza renovation is worth remembering. After many months of planning, the library board was about to let out bids on the plaza when several people and groups expressed concern that the plan be re-evaluated to be more faithful to I.M. Pei’s original design. The library board, administration and architect listened and postponed the bids. They reached out to Pei’s office, consulted with them and others in the community and ultimately produced the plan for the plaza as we see it today.

I have heard nothing but praise for the plaza and not a disparaging word. It seems particularly fitting that the plaza was reopened with a performance by Black Violin. Individually both performers were world-class musicians, but together they were able to produce something neither could alone. That is also true of those involved in re-creating this wonderful space for all of us.

This could have been a much different story if the parties involved had become defensive, vindictive or unresponsive. The plaza story gives us hope that we have and can all continue to work together to build a better Columbus.

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