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Dilworth Does Not Need Lowe's

I am extremely disappointed with the recent article "A Comedy of Errors" by David Walters (April 13). The article took blows at the Lowe's presentation and Dilworth community's response at the recent DCDA meeting. First of all this was not a comedy. This is a serious issue. I am not sure if this is his idea of British humor. We are aware of the professional relationship between David Walters and Mary Hopper, a community representative for the Lowe's project.

His comments exhibit being naive to the project. When one hears a "fact laden" presentation several times and none align, there are issues of concern and worthy of being irate. The community does not have reservations about developing the site. The reservations are with the adequate use of the site. In short, the Lowe's proposal does not fit into the South End and Dilworth pedestrian and transit-friendly corridor.

— Phil Reitano, Charlotte

David Walters' reply: I have no idea what this letter writer refers to in regards to a professional relationship with Mary Hopper. I can state categorically that no such relationship exists. The only time I have interacted with Ms. Hopper was a couple of years ago in University City during a student project. There was no financial relationship whatsoever between the university nor me personally with Ms. Hopper; it was a strictly academic exercise. Since that time I have hardly seen Mary; our paths have not crossed. Mr. Reitano has a vivid imagination and is way off the mark.

Lowe's and Walters Blowing Smoke

So David Walters ("Saving Green Fields," April 20) strikes yet again. Walters routinely claims an ecological outlook concerning urban environments, but what I see are slick schemes for well-heeled yuppies, realtors, and corporate mega-businesses to have their gilded cakes and eat it too. His most recent silliness concerns justification for the Lowe's Superstore in residential Dilworth. His apparent justification is that Lowe's-generated oil-soaked-asphalt-coated parking lots, barbed-wired-chain-linked fences, mega-warehouse-big-box-cheap-tacky buildings, convoluted and dangerous traffic snarls, truck impacts, noise pollution, weird crowd control schemes, massive light pollution, sewage and water runoff impacts, and increased crime impacts, are better than "...the unappealing streetscape of barbed wire, brick sheds and scruffy trailers that currently characterizes the view." Well, you know what? I live there and I like that current view...with all its scruffiness, and all of its low crime, and its low traffic volume, and its no-pollution problems, and its neighborhood houses with their neighborhood children and neighborhood trees.

I hope citizens will see through all the profit-centered smoke of these Lowe's jerks and keep their neighborhood a neighborhood for the people - scruffiness and all - and vote against schemes to turn it into the next big box.

— Joseph Fail, Jr., Charlotte

Trippin' Down Memory Lane

I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the article "Road Trippin'" (April 13) and, in particular, the section on Tampa. Being a native Tampan, I attended almost every rock concert that came through town between 1972 and 1980, as there wasn't much else to do in those days. Luckily, I have saved the ticket stubs and have the stub from the Bob Seger/Patti Smith show on January 23, 1977. The venue was Curtis Hixon Hall, a cavernous convention center with the worst acoustics known to man and the only place in Tampa that would hold a crowd that size other than the old Tampa Stadium. My friends and I thought Patti's falling from the stage was a karmic payback for her touring with the then-reigning god of rock, Bob Seger. We Southerners didn't take well to punk back in those days. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

— Pam Wilson, Tega Cay, SC

Charlotte: A Musical Independent Space

Re: Brian McKinney's letter ("Charlotte A Musical Dead Space," April 20), I disagree that "Charlotte is in the heart of the dead space between Atlanta and Raleigh when it comes to live music," even though it may be true that "national Indies" (if there really is such a thing) skip over Charlotte.

The Charlotte original music scene (various parts can be classified as "Indie") is in its greatest creative growth to date. Clubs regularly take chances on promoting both Charlotte's and out of town Indie acts. Perhaps Indie Rock lovers should focus more on what's going on in the region and help us celebrate the amazing songwriters and bands which live and play in Charlotte. Once our bands' live shows are regularly well-attended, then we may see more nationals take an interest in playing Charlotte.

I agree with McKinney that it isn't easy being "Indie" in Charlotte. But it's not easy anywhere. I know this from years of touring. The whole point of being an Indie band is to do things yourself on your own terms. When a collective of Indie bands do this from their hometown, the scene explodes. It has to start from the ground up.

There are some who have dedicated most of their time and love to promoting local and Indie music, like Andrew Webster and Laurie Koster. Concert promoters are starting to take chances and giving local and Indie bands great opening slots for nationals. Charlotte Indie bands are taking musical chances, networking, hanging out, and helping each other. WSGE's signal is expanding. It's a very exciting time musically in Charlotte, at least from my perspective.

— Jay Garrigan, Poprocket

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