Landscape Architect & Specifier News

NOV 2017

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l e t t e r s 6 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Survey of the Month question (LASN mail in card): The Southern Poverty Law Center recorded 718 Confederate monuments and statues in the U.S. New Orleans and Baltimore have recently taken their Confederate statues down. What, if anything, should be done with the Confederate monuments? Allamuchy, NJ, reply: They should be returned to their previous installations honoring their achievements during the history of this country. There are lessons, positive and negative, to be learned from their actions, and history should be honestly taught once again in public schools without political posturing. Paso Robles, Calif. reply: All These statues should be left alone. It's history. Charleston, W.V Landscape Architect reply: They are part of U.S.A. history. Erect them elsewhere. Landscape Architect, Charleston, S.C. reply: Leave them where they are. It's part of our heritage. What's next, our paper bills? Too politically correct. Stop rewriting history. Editor's note: New Orleans has been the most efficient in removing Confederate monuments. City officials voted 6-1 in favor of removing four monuments in the streetscape. The first to go was the Liberty Place monument (pictured), on April 24 at 2 a.m., with armed guards present. The statues honoring Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard and Confederate States President Jefferson Davis came down next, followed by the May 19th removal of the 16'6" tall Robert E. Lee statue on the 8'4" base atop the towering 60' column at Tivoli Circle (aka Lee Circle) on St. Charles Avenue. 9. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh had Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson monuments subsequently removed. Note: Lithuania, ruled by Russia at various times, resolved its Soviet imposed statues by placing 86 of them in Grutas Park, a wooded area in southwest Lithuania. Re Sept. playground feature: "Unlikely Play Structure Educates Kids About Their Bodies" (article # 29555 on - see photo below Amazing concept! What a giant hands on experience for kids. It would be great if the museum had a docent available each day to answer children's questions as well as a single sheet flyer of human anatomy to send home with each child. Kudos to your innovation. Anonymous Re "Cocoon' Promoted as Successful Planting Method—Allow Trees and Plants to Successful Grow in Arid or Degraded Soil Conditions" (article #29483): Excellent article! Really important during our 'drought watch years.' All installation contractors can benefit from this exciting discovery. Thanks for the article. Edward L. Wallace Above: The 55-foot long, 25-foot wide, 8-foot tall human skeletal structure is at The HealthWorks! Kids' Museum in Saint Louis. Shannon Woodcock is president and CEO of the museum. The play space was designed and built by Cre8Play, working in conjunction with Cunningham Recreation. Unlimited Play consulted on ADA accessibility.

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