By Mark E. Petersen
To respond to a commentary featured in The Roanoke Times is a noble and civilized way to disagree with fellow human beings not known to me. So I am responding to Dan Motley’s commentary (“Roanoke deserves a vibrant future, too,” Jan. 9).
Perhaps Motley needs to climb down from his ivory tower and understand why some residents are opposed to the so-called improvements being made to Elmwood Park. Under the leadership of a former city manager some 25 years ago, Elmwood was transformed into a beautiful, arboretum-like destination for downtown employees to take a lunch break and get out of the office. It was also planned as a community space for concerts and festivals.
Petersen relocated to Roanoke from his native Los Angeles 15 years ago.