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Wingo for mayor; Another infamous flop; Contemporary classic; Correction

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Wingo for mayor
Can we just start all over and vote Hal C. Wingo mayor of this fine city (Cover Story, March 13)?

Better yet, let's just make him King of Richmond and let him rule in favor of his excellent ideas for the canal. We need a visionary like Mr. Wingo to bring the ideas of a great canal to fruition.

Tara Hunter



Another infamous flop
It was interesting reading Hal Wingo's recent story concerning the Richmond Canal Walk (Cover Story, March 13). Most folks remember the bitter and divisive battle several years ago, because of Richmond City Councilman Sa'ad El-Amin's yearly quest to erase Richmond's Confederate history. The turmoil resulted in Richmond residents getting a negative view of the Canal Walk and lost tourism.

So this Canal Walk will fall into a long list of failed Richmond projects. The Canal Walk did have a chance, but thanks to Sa'ad El-Amin, the city has a flop.

Mark Hopkins



Contemporary classic
I really enjoyed the article by Edwin Slipek Jr. about the modern office building at 2016 Monument Ave. (Architecture, March 13). The idea for this building was my father's (S. Elmer Bear, DDS), and he hired Frederick ("Bud") Hyland to design this modernistic (then called "contemporary") building for him to move his oral surgery practice to, from the old Lee Medical Building. I spent many happy hours in those offices, on weekends and after hours, and it's nice to see that it is now appreciated as a "classic" from Richmond's recent past and has been so nicely renovated. The irony is that when my dad set out to put up this building, the community literally "howled" that such a horribly inappropriate structure was to be placed among the historic homes on Monument Avenue, and serious efforts were made to keep it from being built.

Thanks for the memory.

Harry D. Bear



Correction:
In the March 6 review of Sweetwater Restaurant, because of incorrect information supplied to the reviewer, we reported that chef Andrew Manning previously worked at La Petite France. Also, Sweetwater is open for dinner Tuesday-Sunday from 5:30 p.m., not daily, as reported. Style regrets the errors.

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