MeadWestvaco Light Is “Blazing Monstrosity” 

Bless architecture critic Edwin Slipek Jr. for focusing attention on that ungodly nuclear furnace that glares mercilessly each night from atop the new MeadWestvaco building downtown (“The Three Faces of Mead,” Arts and Culture, Jan. 20).

As a downtown resident, I applaud and support any business or company which chooses to locate in central Richmond; but once here, one is obliged to consider and cooperate with fellow city dwellers, and generally try to be a good neighbor.

At dusk, the soft, subtle and changing hues of our beautiful city skyline are now impertinently blasted away each evening by this blazing monstrosity. The light doesn't fit! The color is wrong. The intensity is wrong. It doesn't blend in. The entire nighttime skyline vista has been disrupted.

Welcome to the city, MeadWestvaco, but please be considerate of your neighbors and our urban environment, conserve some energy and turn the light off — or at least turn it down. … way, way down.

David F. Rissel


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