Letter: Nostalgia, pride and passion

I read the Letters to the Editor regarding the possible zoning code changes in St. Anthony Park and had to smile. The pride we/you have in this special place is evident, with several letters stating how long the writer has lived in SAP.

I wonder how many other newspapers get passionate letters stating how long a person has lived in the area. Such a strong sense of ownership and pride for those who live in SAP. I love it!

I don’t have any strong opinion one way or the other as far as the zoning code goes. I can think right off the top of my head of four houses built on land between houses in St. Anthony Park as I was growing up. It’s too bad to see extra land lost to new houses being built on open land, but it has been going on since St. Anthony Park was first platted. We certainly don’t want to experience overcrowding of structures that take away the ambiance of the neighborhood.

It is with great sadness I learn about the passing of those who lived in SAP in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and onward. They also took great pride in their neighborhood and played a part in how it is today. It brings me a sense of nostalgia and a longing for a time in St. Anthony Park that is now long gone.

And what about me you may ask? I am so thankful my grandparents moved to St. Anthony Park, a place where both my parents and siblings grew up. I take great pride in having grown up in such a place. I’m thankful we continue to have neighbors who are passionate about this special place. We all only want the best.

Barbara Hartwick, Falcon Heights, formerly St. Anthony Park

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