City and University Are One

RECEIVED Wed., May 3, 2006

Dear Editor,
    Unfortunately, the recent “Naked City” news brief [April 28] about the disappointment of the Design Commission regarding plans for the new UT Hotel and Conference Center makes it appear there is a trend afoot on the 40 acres of turning its back to the city of Austin. On the contrary, the university fully understands and appreciates the importance of its outreach to and intermingling with the Austin community. In fact, the physical design of the new Blanton Museum of Art accomplishes exactly that. When phase II of the museum is completed, it will bookend the existing grand landscape entry that already beckons visitors onto the UT campus, making MLK a primary access artery, not an alley. Austin’s intellectual and creative capacity is a critical element in UT's international acclaim. There are no alleys separating the capital city from its flagship university campus. The university and Austin are intricately interwoven.
Vincent Salas
Founding member
Blanton Museum Council
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