Issue of September 10, 2017
     
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We welcome your letters and opinions. Kindly limit your letters to a page, preferably typewritten and doublespaced. However, for your letters to be considered for publication, it is essential that all letters must be SIGNED above your PRINTED NAME (you may request your name to be withheld or substituted with your pen name) and must include your ADDRESS and PHONE NUMBER. Letters and emails deficient in any of the above requisites will not be entertained. Please be guided accordingly. Thank you.
 
Reply to "People are integral in ecosystems" letter
CLAYTON A. CHACAPNA, Baguio City

As a teacher, allow me to impart some knowledge as requested from a letter sender. The issue of a multi-level parking can be reflected from the story of a father who once allowed his two kids to play in their stony backyard. The younger sister gathered flowers, decorations and a pigeon house thinking that the backyard will soon become a beautiful paradise, while the older brother gathered sturdy woods and built a dwelling for him and his dog.

Trouble brewed when both kids wanted to expand what they have built. The trouble lasted until both kids are asleep at night. Not to frustrate the two kids, the father worked overnight. He soiled the flowers, put an extra waterfall and piled rocks to make the dwelling appear like a castle.  In the morning both kids are happy to see their new playing grounds.

In this story the issue of a multi-level parking at Burnham Park should be decided on the basis of facts and international principles of conservation and not merely on fiction. Hence, one must consider the following:

“Restoration should be more utilitarian than romantic.”

Primarily, the parking podium will decongest traffic in the central business district. Its business purpose is merely secondary, albeit the podium’s technological design. An immovable car in a traffic situation emits more gases than that place in parking area. The recommendation of a low growth scenario in Baguio by the BLISTT concept is far from being practical. 

Mobility must be the greatest tool for the mother of inventions. Architect Foster one’s said “you cannot separate the buildings out from the infrastructure of cites and the mobility of transit.”

While it is true that there are other alternative sites for multi-level parking, the place inside or nearest to Burnham Park appears to be the best choice. What is the essence of a parking area located in Camp Allen or other far places when one’s purpose is to bring kids at the Children's Playground?

“Restoration is not carried to return the work of art to its primitive splendor. Conservation must endow the object with a new life such that it can continue to exist eternally; the real value of arts is in its relationship with man “A well-designed car parking at Burnham Park encourages more park goers. The addition of a parking podium does not diminish Burnham’s value because the location of the parking area is a minor or undeveloped part – the Ganza Park, Old Library and Pantranco Terminal. It will not lessen its aesthetic value but rather provide a well-organized structure for the  existing dependents – the park goers and entrepreneurs, etc.

Lastly, like in the short story, I appeal to the public to consider this parking project, as the agenda of the proponents and those who are opposed to it can be reconciled for a better Baguio.

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MORE ON WEEK'S MAIL
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:: Bado Dangwa HS: Where is this?
In the Aug. 27 issue of the Baguio Midland Courier, it carried an article with this title: "Environmental awareness EIC conducted in Bado Dangwa HS."
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:: Easing traffic congestion in La Trinidad
La Trinidad is set to impose speed limits to prevent vehicular accidents, but when driving through the streets of the capital town, one could readily encounter traffic jams…
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:: Pensioners’ appeal to Congress and the President
Here is an insight in the implementation of pension increase among retirees from the government service. The pension has a basis mandated on laws enacted by Congress.
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:: Warning to motorists on "killer curb" along South Drive
Last December, my husband Mike, who was driving our vehicle went up the high curb to avoid an incoming vehicle from the lower portion of South Drive.
 

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