History will prove CHAP correct

August 28, 2012

Having lived for most of my life in Seattle before moving to Baltimore, perhaps I look at Baltimore with fresh eyes. The history of Baltimore is one of its most important assets and treasures. It is short-sighted to not do the utmost to preserve it.

Kathleen Kotarba is to be commended for her efforts to preserve that about Baltimore which is special, historic and unique ("City preservation panel's director under fire," Aug. 24). Efforts by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to remove her as executive director of the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation are deeply disturbing, but not a surprise given the mayor's clear preferences for big development at all costs.

Ultimately, it will be the good people of Baltimore who lose should Ms. Kotarba be pushed aside.

John Held, Baltimore

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