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Great to save the historic house, but let us neighbors know what’s going on | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Wednesday’s letters to the editor.
Crews clear power lines along Fourth Street N in St. Petersburg on Sunday to make way for a house that was moved from its original location a few blocks away at 136 Fourth Ave. NE. The house was built in 1912. Its relocation paves the way for construction of The Nolen, a 23-story residential tower on Fourth Avenue NE.
Crews clear power lines along Fourth Street N in St. Petersburg on Sunday to make way for a house that was moved from its original location a few blocks away at 136 Fourth Ave. NE. The house was built in 1912. Its relocation paves the way for construction of The Nolen, a 23-story residential tower on Fourth Avenue NE. [ MILLA SURJADI | Times ]
Published Aug. 3

Keep us in the loop

What was a house doing in the middle of 4th Street in St. Pete? | Aug. 1

I’m all for saving this 1912 home by moving, rather than demolishing, it. The one critical element left out of the planning and execution of this project was communicating with the residents who live along Fourth Avenue N. “No parking” signs were posted along the street between 9 and 9:30 a.m. Friday that went into effect at 4 a.m. Saturday. Residents received no advance information about the proposed path, road closures or possible power interruptions. Unannounced road closures without police presence began around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, and tree trimming in front of our townhome complex lasted well past midnight. Power to our community was cut off at around 5:30 a.m. Sunday and restored just before 8 a.m. Spectrum internet services were also disrupted. As the city’s downtown residential sector continues to grow, communication from city agencies is critical to create a sense of community where residents are treated as a respected part of the city. With the number of agencies involved in this project, it seems that someone might have considered the rights of the residents to be informed.

Glenn McKenzie, St. Petersburg

Good he’s gone

Al-Qaida leader is killed in strike | Aug. 2

Our nation has once again proven that we will be relentless in the fight to root out terrorists across the globe. We can sleep safer knowing that al-Qaida’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, is dead.

Paul Bacon, Hallandale Beach

A worksteader’s lessons

Lonely office bad for America | Column, Aug. 1

In 1980 I was one of the earliest remote workers; we were called “worksteaders.” It was a natural evolution from working as an art director at a large ad agency in Chicago and taking on occasional freelance assignments. My wife and I carried on our small advertising and design business for over 30 years from our home office. It never occurred to me that going it alone would become such a trend, but I don’t think “the lonely office is bad for America” as columnist Peggy Noonan asserts. Office life and going it alone are both compatible with a successful career. If I hadn’t worked in a large office setting I wouldn’t have learned many invaluable lessons that would have eluded me if I had skipped that chapter. But once those lessons are learned, it’s exciting to put them into practice on your own.

George Chase, St. Pete Beach

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