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The Plight of the Historic California Theatre

Wow. This is incredibly disheartening. I just saw the report on the news and I had to comment (this is my first time on the KPBS site). I found the story strangely biased against historic preservation and the arts. Very sad--and very very foolish. Too many people know the price of everything and the value of nothing; I'd hate to think that KPBS is among them. This is a historic building. Wake up people. Do you have no respect for your cultural inheritance? People travel to Europe to see, and gasp at, old buildings but they won't preserve the valuable old buildings under their own noses. I was deputy commissioner of the arts in Boston during the major renovations of the theatre district. It was worth every penny and all the hard work the City put into it. The project made the community safer and created attractive new venues for performance--not just for elite groups and shows but also for neighborhood arts groups serving the community. And I am also a fourth generation San Diegan. Culture is not just for Bostonians, folks. San Diego has its own unique mestizo culture and we need to preserve historic performance spaces where this culture can realize its truest expressions. Good on you, Dawn Griffiths. And I'm not the only one cheering you on!

March 6, 2013 at 7:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )