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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | DECEMBER 03, 2009 7:30 AM

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The Hancher conundrum

The desire of the UI music faculty to be accessible to campus is understandable. However, the music school has special needs for performance venues. These venues need to be accessible to patrons.

If Hancher were to be relocated downtown, a large proportion of traffic would have to arrive via Clinton Street or Burlington Street, which are already busy. The planners state that there would be enough parking available behind the courthouse and jail, plus the various city ramps. However, one could easily imagine the traffic jams as patrons search from one place to another, looking for a spot to park.

The question of the expense involved in buying this land is puzzling, to say the least. The owners of the Pentacrest Apartments have just indicated that they do not wish to sell. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has said that it will pay for 90 percent of the cost of the project, but one has to wonder if the economic situation will allow such an open-ended project to be undertaken. Is this the only feasible city site?

There is limited time for thoughtful input from engineers and all those who would use Hancher to make serious suggestions on this subject before the regents decide in February 2010.

Sonia Ettinger
Iowa City resident


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