11:00 AM EDT, April 21, 2013
One of the ironies of the art world is that for all its important holdings the Baltimore Museum of Art is laying off 14 people in order to balance its budget ("Baltimore Museum of Art lays off 14," April 9).
Yet right over the city line, in Towson, the federal government is funding the construction of a new museum to house a collection of unknown value — the artifacts of the Ridgley family of Hampton.
To make matters worse, the site chosen for the building is in an area of running streams and granite deposits. That should have been enough to deter construction there. But no — the jackhammering has been going on daily between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. for more that two months.
Who was responsible for the poor planning this shows? The noise is bad enough, but when you consider the burning of fossil fuels as well as the gross mismanagement of the site it becomes absolutely foolish.
Joy Wheeler, Towson
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