Bridge Should Stay

There are only a few things constant in life: death, taxes and the appropriateness of Ed Slipek's observations on Richmond's architecture and planning.

In his recent article, "Do Over," Nov. 20 issue, Ed argued eloquently for saving the Sixth Street "Bridge" in its present location.

I agree and would like to suggest an additional justification to this argument. I believe the siting and form of the bridge are good examples of urban design.

From the east, the bridge acts as the culmination of the hill up Broad Street, with the bridge tower reflecting the towers on Old City Hall and the dome of the Monumental Church. From the west, the bridge tower similarly reflects the new staircase dome at the Convention Center and the art deco tower at MCV's West Building.

Prague is heralded as a city with a thousand spires; London has been known for its myriad of church steeples. Surely Richmond should not deliberately lose one of its important landmarks.

Jeff Levine

American Institute of Architects

I'm No Soldier

I agree with Robert Jensen's position on the war on terrorism (Back Page, Nov. 20). The recent attacks on America are not justification for the recent undemocratic actions of the president.

The president said, "You are with us or you are with the terrorists," but that notion is not absolutely true. The president of any democracy does not have the authority to say that individuals must actively participate in the fight against terrorism.

The president is denying individuals their entitled civil liberties. I refuse to be a substitute soldier.

Evelyn Bryant

Old Restaurant is New

Mr. Stamper's Dec. 2 review of Sam Miller's Restaurant is lacking homework!

Here is the whole story about Sam Miller's Restaurant. In all, there have been some of the most talented people working together from various industries putting their energies into creating an entirely new Sam Miller's Restaurant. We succeeded in staying open for our customers during this lengthy construction process. This was not done without compromise to the customer, and that we sincerely apologize for. This enormous collaboration has been in progress for 14 months and is still moving forward.

The interesting part is that the only thing we have from 30 years past is our name! This is not a facelift for Sam Miller's. This is a newly renovated space, which will have a dual concept offering a Fine Dining Seafood Grill and a more casual Oyster, Wine and Jazz Bar. It's not about 30 years; it's about each and every day. That is the exciting challenge we have committed ourselves to. We thank you Style for the interest in Sam Miller's, and are excited for your next visit with us!

Tom Leppert, owner

Sam Miller's


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