- Special Sections
- Public Notices
Jorg Janssen’s letter of Jan. 22 reviews very well many of the problems that the proposed Trinity Sites faces, but an additional point seems to me to be worth making. Retail stores in Los Alamos have to compete with the Internet, which is exceedingly convenient for anyone with a computer at hand (i.e., almost everyone).
It is fast, cheap, offers a broad selection and is available at all hours. Purchases can be readily returned.
Late the other night I needed a book urgently and found it on Amazon. In a few minutes I was very pleased to have it on my IPAD for under $5, a surprisingly low price, and without shipping cost or tax.
I love to patronize bookstores when I can, but this sort of convenience is impossible to beat. When Sears was here we were very pleased to shop through their catalogue store, but the Internet is much better. As for shoes, my short, wide size is rarely available in any stores, but I can get them conveniently from a warehouse in Baltimore.
I am no expert on retail, but the Business Center in White Rock is pretty well boarded up and is a real eye sore. How can we be sure that this will not happen at Trinity Site?
It is a huge gamble, and it would be really ironic to spend millions to beautify Trinity Drive and later find that it borders an asphalt jungle.
An enthusiastic committee claims to have made polls of public opinion, but I have not seen them and am skeptical that a broad-based vote today would support another shopping center. Schools have always been well supported here, and other means of funding can surely be found.
What would happen to the site? Perhaps an auditorium for great concerts such as Sunday’s Yeol Eum Son, for lectures by visiting scientists, a sort of Lincoln Center West or Aspen Center South; whatever.
To me, culture in Los Alamos means more than shopping.