Letters to the Editor
Here is what needs to be done to save the Yerkes and honor such figures as Albert Einstein (who did research work there) and (Edwin Hubble, of the Hubble Telescope fame) and, of course still the largest refracting telescope ever made. How can this iconic structure, along with its history, achievements and giant scientists who worked there be allowed to fall into disuse and be surrounded by income-producing or other private structures of no merit is beyond belief? I am an architect, and I am one of national and international distinction, and I must tell you as a professional and participant in the planning, creation, and building of many other great structures around the world, that what is happening (nothing!) at the Yerkes, and what is being considered around it (residential development) is not criminal, if approved by the city, but it sure as hell is a distasteful black eye into the future, probably best defining the entire area by the single word: “rural,” and well-deserving of that moniker.
Tom Kincaid, American Institute of Architects, National Council of Architectural Registration Board, International Certification of Licensed Builder of Concrete Monolithic Domes, Holder of Nearly Countless Architecture Certificates, and awards. Resident of Town of Linn.