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Thread #153554   Message #3597917
Posted By: Desert Dancer
03-Feb-14 - 12:40 PM
Thread Name: Tappan Zee Bridge/Pete Seeger
Subject: RE: Tappan Zee Bridge/Pete Seeger
This piece in the NY Times makes sense to me.

Renaming the Tappan Zee After Pete Seeger Is A Terrible Idea
by Eleanor Randolph

Pete Seeger, who died this week at 94, was not only a folk singer of near-mythic status but also an ardent environmentalist who helped save the Hudson from turning into New York's Cuyahoga.

Now some fans want to name the new Tappan Zee Bridge after him.

That may sound nice, but it's not.

First, Mr. Seeger probably would have hated it. He often resisted being the marquee attraction at music festivals. And when fans tried to name the walkway over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie after him a few years ago, Mr. Seeger said no thank you, absolutely not.

Besides, putting Mr. Seeger's name on this particular bridge would be something of a backhanded compliment. The new Tappan Zee bridge, now being built at a cost of $3.9 billion, will eventually have eight lanes of traffic carrying at least 138,000 cars a day. For environmental purists, this massive construction project is a form of river blight. It will not slow the suburban spread into the countryside. It will not have a rail line to relieve the traffic.

"I think it would be a horrible idea," said Thom Wolke, a close friend of the singer and his family. "I could imagine naming a section of the river after him, maybe, but a bridge? And a controversial bridge like that one? I don't think so."

Look for the comment by Thom Wolke for further thoughts.

If something must be named, the suggestion of the state forest near is home makes somewhat better sense, but really, the point that this was really the kind of thing he didn't like is important.

~ Becky in Long Beach