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I'd like to thank Chris Meyer for his thoughtful piece. I've been a community resident for 40 years and a volunteer docent at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine for 30. When I introduce visitors to the cathedral's history and architecture, I often point out that the cathedral is huge—not only in terms of space, but also in terms of time. It should stand well into the next millennium, given proper maintenance. Preservationists should consider that whatever is built on the north plot will probably last a mere century or two, but the income the development generates will fund the maintenance that the cathedral requires to survive for many centuries more.¬†

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