ATT access unites us | Letters to the Editor | Indy Week
Pin It

ATT access unites us 

ATT access unites us

Lisa Sorg's piece about the American Tobacco Trail ("A trail of two cities," July 15) includes a photo and a reference indicating that Durham's greenway is part of a much larger trail network.

That larger connection is the East Coast Greenway, the 2,900-mile route connecting cities from Maine's Canadian border to the southern tip of Florida. The ATT is an important segment of a route uniting communities along the entire Eastern seaboard. From the ATT trailhead at Mile 0 in Durham, one could travel all the way to Clayton and spend fewer than five miles on the road, with 93 percent of that route's 73 miles on motor-free greenways.

Headquartered at Mile 5.75 on Durham's ATT is the East Coast Greenway Alliance. The ATT is very important to us as an organization and as individuals who use the trail regularly to commute to work. We appreciate the need for dialogue and progress toward racial and class equity. While the ATT may not be perfect, we feel it is overwhelmingly positive that a variety of communities do have access to the greenway—a shared, free and public resource.

The study on perceived trail safety versus actual safety on the ATT in Durham does present the opportunity for inquiry into our individual and community attitudes about race and class. If the ATT in Durham is safer than it is reputed to be, perhaps it's our beliefs, rather than the trail itself, we most need to examine. We hope that trail use on the ATT will continue to grow and united us on a shared path of unity, community, sustainability and health.

Dennis Markatos-Soriano, Durham
The writer is the executive director of the East Coast Greenway Alliance.


The ATT is indeed an equalizer. I see the same people day after day, people of all sizes, colours and shapes. Yet none of us know anything, other than what we can see, about one another. The symbols of status are all removed. It is not possible to discern economic position, occupation, religion, or any other thing than what's visible, and that's not much. Once in a while a T-shirt may give a clue, but it may be borrowed or bought second-hand as a running shirt. Yes, the ATT is a place where we are all reduced to a shared goal without talking or opinions, just a lot of smiles. Where else do you find that?

Karen L., Chapel Hill

Latest in Letters to the Editor

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Letters to the Editor



Twitter Activity

Comments

Wait, why is eating meat necessary? There are plenty of other protein sources ie: plant based protein is abundant. No …

by ammi on A Stinking Mess (Letters to the Editor)

Yes, everyone has to eat, but no, people don't have to eat meat. http://theconversation.com/who-lives-longe…

by Dave Connelly on A Stinking Mess (Letters to the Editor)

Most Read

  1. Smoked Out (Letters to the Editor)
  2. Sunday Service (Peripheral Visions)

Most Recent Comments

Wait, why is eating meat necessary? There are plenty of other protein sources ie: plant based protein is abundant. No …

by ammi on A Stinking Mess (Letters to the Editor)

Yes, everyone has to eat, but no, people don't have to eat meat. http://theconversation.com/who-lives-longe…

by Dave Connelly on A Stinking Mess (Letters to the Editor)

Ellen, I dont see your comments anywhere in my inbox. Please email them to me directly: jbillman at indyweek dot …

by Jeffrey Billman on A Stinking Mess (Letters to the Editor)

I also wrote you Indyweek. Please print my comments. North Carolina is hell for hogs also …

by Ellen Canavan on A Stinking Mess (Letters to the Editor)

If the headline had been: "Is Scott Crawford Better Off Without Standard Food"? The answer would have been a resounding …

by Sue Mixson on Plate Expectations (Letters to the Editor)

© 2017 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation