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SD Port Commission Says No To U-T Plan

Aired 2/15/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Katie Orr, KPBS Metro Reporter

Joel Valenzuela, Director, Maritime Operations,Port of San Diego

Marguerite Elicone, Manager, Media Services, Port of San Diego


An aerial view of the 96-acre Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal.

Above: An aerial view of the 96-acre Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal.

Staff of the Port of San Diego turned in a report to the commissioners which touted the economic impact of both the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal and the National City Marine Terminal. The commissioners declared that the report was not about last week's U-T editorial saying the land should be used for a football stadium and entertainment complex. We look at the proposal to build a stadium and convention center on the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal and whether or not the "Unconditional Surrender" statue will remain on San Diego's waterfront.

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Kevin_D | February 15, 2012 at 2:10 p.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

I can understand supportive guests wanting to characterize the sculpture "Unconditional Surrender" as "very popular," but I would like to host to note that the sculpture has a lot of public detractors. It's rather ugly and cheap looking just on a material basis, but more importantly it is an artwork that is derivative of another work, and one that is iconic not of San Diego but of New York's Times Square where the original kiss was photographed. Sure, there is the commonality of the Navy sailor involved, but really, do we have to have a statue of something that occurred in New York City? Do we have to have a work of art that is not original? We can do far better than this.

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