To the editor of THE EAGLE:
The other night I had the pleasure of attending a terrific performance of "Clybourne Park" at Pittsfield’s incredible Barrington Stage Company I could rave on and on about the theater we are so fortunate to have in our town, but this letter is not to be about the theater; rather, it’s about the process (or the aesthetics) of getting there.
I parked my car in the public parking lot on Summer Street, and after crossing that street and passing through the parking lot of Spice Dragon, I entered the little alleyway leading to Union, the street of the theater. This is probably the pathway most theater-goers take, and I imagine most of them have the same impression I have every time I pass through it: What a depressing and downright ugly walk this is!
How relatively easy and inexpensively this problem could be rectified! Several solutions come to mind: first, a repaving of the gutted and uneven walk itself; then, possibly, some lively and colorful wall murals; and finally, a few trees/flowers planted, perhaps in wine barrels, along the way. These few things would all present a cheerful and inviting walk for the many people who pass that way to get to the theater or other places. How expensive could this improvement be! Possibly one of the nurseries nearby would even willingly donate the trees if they were provided a plaque with their names on the barrels.
I am wondering if the town, which is interested in beautification, would consider any of these possibilities that could serve as nothing but a major enhancement to a venue that so many people appreciate and admire.