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600 urban experts got quite a show in Tampa | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Saturday’s letters to the editor.
The Tampa Riverwalk
The Tampa Riverwalk [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published Oct. 30, 2021

Tampa goes global

Tampa Bay as international host

When 600 urban planning experts arrived for the International Downtown Association conference this month in Tampa, many did not know what to expect. By the time they left, they were praising our vibrant city and all it has to offer. Their positive feedback reinforced how far we have come in recent years and that we are headed in the right direction.

The conference attendees traveled here from throughout North America, including Hawaii and Canada. They were particularly impressed by the Riverwalk and by how many people visit the park and its amenities at all hours. They complimented areas such as Water Street, the $3.5 billion transformative downtown development; Midtown, the $500-million multi-use project; and Encore, a rising walkable community with mixed-income housing. They enjoyed other tours to Tampa neighborhoods, such as Hyde Park, and to St. Petersburg. They rode scooters, water taxis and the trolley. While Tampa received rave reviews, we also received great suggestions on how we can meet some challenges, including adding more transit and revitalizing Marion Street downtown.

It takes a team effort to smoothly host such a major convention and impress experts on urban planning. We deeply appreciate all of the contributions by our partnership members and by the entire Tampa Bay community.

Lynda Remund

The writer is president and CEO of the Tampa Downtown Partnership.

Justice delayed

Probation deal proposed | Oct. 29

Eleven years after Trevor Dooley killed a man — an obvious crime — the case is still not finally adjudicated even though he had previously been found guilty and sentenced to prison. Then came the appeals and court delays. It’s a situation similar to those who spend 30 or 40 years or more on Death Row without being executed. Lady Justice must be very wary of standing there, holding those scales up. Our judicial system has become as big a joke as our political system.

Ernest Bach, Largo

Keep religion out

One mistranslated word altered abortion history / Perspective Oct. 24

Based on sacred texts and religious teachings, some firmly believe that ensoulment occurs at birth, others at “quickening” and others at conception. Some believe that the soul exists “before” pregnancy; it exists eternally, both before birth and after death. Given this vast divergence, it seems that our founding fathers were wise to prohibit the use of religious doctrine as a basis for public policy.

Ed Bradley, Boynton Beach