We often hear the clanking of the scaffold as the work is being done on the Washington Monument ("Washington Monument restoration changes atmosphere of Mount Vernon neighborhood," March 24). Like our neighbors, we look forward to its completion. We realize that restoration of the monument is necessary and is being accomplished to high standards of historic preservation.
To the contrary, the massive public works being proposed for the Mount Vernon parks is neither necessary nor can it be considered historic preservation. Imagine the gigantic mess which would be caused by cutting down 117 trees, removing all the soil in the parks, etc. and it's all unnecessary!
Three independent arborists have attested to the health of the trees. There is no evidence that Thomas Hastings, the architect who designed the parks, ever suggested uprooting the existing trees.
Joan and Tom Spence, Baltimore
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