Re Arena design: The love it/hate i" reactions to the arena proposal are exactly what a cutting-edge design should invoke.
Otherwise it would be too boring for words. Art including architecture should inspire strong feelings and initiate conversations. The glass pyramid I.M. Pei designed for Paris' Louvre created a huge uproar when it was proposed.
Closer to home, when plans were unveiled for the new addition to the Crocker Art Museum, they drew both raves and jeers.
Today, both structures have been accepted as iconic additions to their respective cities. My opinion of the arena design? Wow. Let's seize this opportunity to create something truly spectacular. I hope city officials hang in there and resist any pressure to dumb down the design to a safe, conventional structure that could exist anywhere.
-- Marsha Holmes, Elk Grove