LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Build this somewhere else, please
The Chinese government would like to donate a special Chinese garden complex to the National Arboretum in Northeast Washington, as the April 28 Style article “From Beijing to D.C.: $100 million in seed money” noted. It is a generous and attractive offer. But the arboretum is not the place for a 12-acre complex of two dozen structures, pathways and other constructions, no matter how lovely or educational about Chinese history. The donors should please build it elsewhere.
The arboretum is a remnant oasis in the District devoted to plants, open space and a considerable amount of natural surroundings, including riverbank, streams, forest, meadows, ponds, hills and even nesting eagles. Smaller themed gardens are situated in suitable spots. A large theme-park type of cultural promotion is not suited to this rare location.
Stephen Price, Takoma Park