Philadelphia spends more on arts venues

Published: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 - 7:10 am

Re “To revive downtown, replace Community Center Theater” (Forum, Jan. 26): I recently visited Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, which Rob Turner referenced in his opinion piece. The new center is next to Philadelphia’s 150-year-old Academy of Music, which was renovated from 1994 to 2004. The Academy of Music is still the home for opera, symphony, ballet and touring Broadway shows. The Kimmel Center was built to enhance the music academy as well as the Merriam Theater, the University of Arts, and other nearby theaters and art venues. For 400 years, Philadelphia has maintained or added financial arts support. At least $30 million was raised through the naming of bits and pieces of the Kimmel Center. Philadelphia’s financial resources for the arts make Sacramento look like a cow town. Turner’s article has picked bits of truth and excluded important facts. The Bee has not commented about the big picture. What's really best for Sacramento?

-- Falcon F. Lee, Sacramento

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