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  • Subject: RE: [cg] MAKE IT GREEN
  • From: jritcher <jritcher@asu.edu>
  • Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001 11:36:06 -0700

I'm usually just a voyuer to this list serve, a grad student trying to keep
up with what's new in the community gardening world, which I consider very
important.  So, while I realize it may not be my place to comment about
things NOT CG-related, I can not resist responding to the last two messages
that have come across my screen.
Those were very lovely thoughts and hopes expressed by Roger Ebert.  I have
visited Manhatten only once, so have no valid notion as what is and is not
likely there.  But it was never considered likely that something this
horrific, something this abrupt would happen there either.  I would like to
think that what IS likely now is change; the emergence of something
positive both in thought, action, and physical presence,  from the pain and
rubble.  I would like to think that someone will take Mr. Ebert's
suggestion with all seriousness.  If we simply clean it all up so that we
can go back to the way things were--i.e.new office buildings and a memorial
sports complex, the perpetrators of this crime have truly conquered us.

My thoughts are with you all in New York and everywhere, trying to heal and
trying to make sense of what has happened.

Thanks for the information and the outlet,
Jamaica Cousins

At 01:19 PM 9/17/01 -0400, Honigman, Adam wrote:
>Thank you for sharing those lovely thoughts by Mr. Ebert, but his vision is
>simply not likely in NYC.  
>In all likelihood we'll get two new ( equally as unattactive) larger office
>buildings or the World Trade Center a   Memorial Sports Stadium built at the
>expense of the taxpayers.
>The last things in the world to go into the WTC space: affordable housing or
>community gardens. 
>And unlike Mr. Ebert, I do believe that whatever does go in there should
>have a large memorial inscription and most certainly our flag. We must bear
>witness for the people who spent their work lives there and perished because
>they were  Americans or dwelling among us. 
>Lovely thought though. 
>Adam Honigman
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Laura Berman [mailto:laura@foodshare.net]
>Sent: Monday, September 17, 2001 1:06 PM
>To: ACGA listserve
>Subject: [cg] MAKE IT GREEN
>September 14, 2001
>If there is to be a memorial, let it not be of stone and steel. Fly no flag
>above it, for it is not the possession of a nation but a sorrow shared with
>the world.
>Let it be a green field, with trees and flowers. Let there be paths that
>wind through the shade. Put out park benches where old people can sun in the
>summertime, and a pond where children can skate in the winter.
>Beneath this field will lie entombed forever some of the victims of
>September 11. It is not where they thought to end their lives. Like the
>sailors of the battleship Arizona, they rest where they fell.
>Let this field stretch from one end of the destruction to the other. Let
>this open space among the towers mark the emptiness in our hearts. But do
>not make it a sad place. Give it no name. Let people think of it as the
>green field. Every living thing that is planted there will show faith in the
>Let students take a corner of the field and plant a crop there. Perhaps
>corn, our native grain. Let the harvest be shared all over the world, with
>friends and enemies, because that is the teaching of our religions, and we
>must show that we practice them. Let the harvest show that life prevails
>over death, and let the gifts show that we love our neighbors.
>Do not build again on this place. No building can stand there. No building,
>no statue, no column, no arch, no symbol, no name, no date, no statement.
>Just the comfort of the earth we share, to remind us that we share it.
>Copyright  Chicago Sun-Times Inc.
>September 14, 2001 
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