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Thu, May 23

Letter: City wrong to destroy participatory bench project


As president of Prescott College, I am stunned by actions of the City in removing Kristin Anthony's bench in the middle of the night.

Kristin designed the bench with all good intentions as a community gathering place, and she asked community members to participate in its creation. She and others who supported the project agreed to alter the design to meet the City's questions about safety, although the original dissatisfaction apparently was about the symbols on many of the bench's tiles. I followed the dialogue between the City and Kristin, and was hopeful that both "sides" were learning from the negotiations and that a win/win situation would result.

Instead, the City acted foolishly in destroying the bench, doing so without notice and under cover of darkness. What does this action teach students? How can we be proud to live in and partner with a City such as this?

Kristin R. Woolever, Ph.D.

President, Prescott College


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