Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Date: June 9, 2003
Byline: Gregory Heller
Letter: Feel the LOVE!With regard to your editorial "No-Parking Zone":
The People Paper has missed the point, big time. I am not a skateboarder, but I am a young Philadelphian, and I know that LOVE Park is about much more than skateboarding. It is about our city's future.
LOVE Park was designed before skateboarding existed, but through an accident of history became a world-famous mecca, one of Philly's precious urban spots, where people of all ages, races and walks of life interacted.
People ate lunch and children played in the fountain as some of the world's renowned skaters (with six-figure incomes) practiced their sport. This was not a failed, dilapidated site, but a vibrant space loved by the people of Philadelphia. An online poll showed 70 percent support for returning skateboarders to LOVE.
Philadelphia's business community has been preoccupied lately with the knowledge economy ways to attract new, young professionals and students, to make the city hip and attractive.
As Sam Katz already realizes, LOVE Park is the one thing attracting our new generation of young Philadelphians and voters.
This is THE symbol that makes us attractive to the rest of the world. LOVE Park is the complete opposite of "a place dedicated to a small special-interest group."
Stop looking at Camden. We have our world-famous attraction and symbol right here. Wake up, Daily News, and realize that LOVE Park is the key to our future!