Dear SMO 2015,
My vision for the airport is
something that is extremely special for the future of our children and their children's children. The Native American Indians had a very logical and fruitful way of seeing the world. In their philosophy nothing should be done to the planet, they so revered, that would not benefit the next
For the first time in my life
I see an opportunity to create something that will certainly benefit the next 7 generations and does not deal with special
interests, big money developers, or the privatizing of public space.
Please consider pulling up
all the concrete and paved areas and planting a botanical gardens. We could leave
the wonderful surrounding park areas and aviation buildings for historical purposes but we could actually "unpave paradise"
for our children and the multitude of visitors to this new attraction. Imagine
what this would say to the world about the priorities of Santa Monica, California, and the United States.
Surrounding the botanical gardens
we could have low-cost senior citizen housing along with low-cost pre-schools for our children. The children and senior citizens could be active with the gardens as well as being in close proximity they
could bring wisdom and joy to each other.
This honors our past and future
as well as builds something that will improve the environment by giving this land a region where rain can be captured and
saved instead of running off to the ocean. This will allow us to prevent the
pollution that has been saturating our neighborhoods and schools and replace it with a region that will be contributing to
the health of our planet.
How often does an opportunity
exist that something like the above could be possible. Once in a lifetime and
after this maybe never again.
Charles L. Blum, DC
Santa Monica, CA