Space for Saving
Editor: Last month Baltimore witnessed the opening of two new museum exhibits in architecturally significant spaces in the Mount Vernon area. The Asian collection of the Walters Art Gallery opened in Hackerman House and the Museum of Contemporary Arts opened an exhibition on Russian photography in the service building of the art moderne Greyhound terminal complex.
Although the first project opened with great fanfare to wide acclaim, the latter project also deserves our attention and praise.
Four years ago, the city of Baltimore had plans to demolish this very building for a surface parking lot. Thanks to the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP), at the urging of the Baltimore Art Deco Society, Baltimore Heritage and the Mount Vernon-Belvedere Improvement Association, this short-sighted plan was rejected.
Indeed, at the time, the fate of the entire Greyhound complex was in jeopardy. Today, as the Greyhound terminal building nears completion as offices for the Baltimore Regional Council of Governments, Baltimore can take pride in the cooperative effort between preservationists, neighborhood leaders, city officials, the developer and the tenant that resulted in such a magnificent project.
Now our attention must be focused on the service building, indeed a diamond in the rough. With its large, unobstructed floor area, intricate wood roof trusses and abundance of natural light, this building can be rehabilitated for a wide range of new uses.
Although a new roof and updated systems are clearly necessary, this building can, too, become a wonderful adaptive use project. Its future, however, remains in doubt unless a feasible plan can be formulated for its re-use.
''Photo Manifesto: Contemporary Photography in the U.S.S.R.'' will be on exhibit in the service building through June 21. Lovers of art and architecture should see the potential of this building for themselves and encourage city officials to work for its rehabilitation.
' Donna Beth Joy Shapiro.
Fred B. Shoken.
The writers are presidents of, respectively, the Baltimore Art Deco Society and Baltimore Heritage.
Editor: Your section concerning the recent study on Baltimore regional planning was disturbing both in content and in style.
Beginning with a perusal of the list of individuals interviewed by the team, the list did not include anyone from Anne Arundel County and few outside of the traditional Baltimore City-based organizations.
While downtown is vital and important and the image of Baltimore is critical to successful economic development, a downtown strategy will not suffice. Baltimore cannot assume the leadership nor presume to know all of the answers.
The Sun can contribute to the process by paying greater attention to the communities of the region. The news of Anne Arundel County is in a small local supplement, if at all, while the news of Baltimore City and other jurisdictions are on the front page of the Maryland section.
Anne Arundel County is a thriving economic and cultural community. Job growth alone has increased at a 3 percent average rate annually over the last 10 years (compared with 0.9 percent for the region). Though the city lost 2,290 jobs per year, Anne Arundel County gained 5,800 jobs per year.
Political, business and environmental leadership go well beyond boundaries. Keep your eyes and ears open.
S. Robert Kaufman.
The writer is chair of the economic development committee othe Anne Arundel Trade Council.
Editor: While police may be the immediate response to the immoral behavior of junior high students coming home around Patterson Park, a more constructive long-term solution would be to organize some kind of safety patrol that would include students (with interesting rewards for participating), community groups and parents.
One suspects that this sort of organized, supervised presence would be welcomed not only by a fed-up neighborhood but by the majority of students. It's hard to imagine that they or their parents approve of the delinquent behavior and obscene language that is so out-of-hand now.
J. J. Ross.
The Bull Deserves a Medal
Editor: Referring to Michael J. Clark's article entitled ''Bout With Bull Teaches Man Respect For Matadors'':
The reason for the bull's attack should have been obvious to anyone who understands animals. The two men were chasing the horse, and that's his ''buddy'' -- so he merely came to his friend's aid, thinking that the horse was in danger.
It's a ''gut reaction'' that is usually called bravery or valor -- to attack whatever threatens the source of one's feelings of comradeship! Why is it that humans cannot see that animals often respond in the same ways that we do and have the same affections?
What this incident should have taught that man is that even ''lower'' animals can have ''higher'' motives and may react and place themselves in jeopardy to protect a companion.