Capitol competition promotes democracy

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2005

I would like to thank the people of Juneau for the Alaska Capitol Design Competition.

Because I grew up in and around the current Capitol, I have a great affection for it, idiosyncrasies and all. In a young state there is something reassuring about old buildings.

But a young state also has to build and grow. I am excited about the opportunity to define through architecture our vision of democracy and Alaska.

Winston Churchill said, "We shape our buildings and later our buildings shape us." When the building is the capitol, the building shapes our ideas about our democracy for those who work in it and for citizens who come to it with their ideas and concerns. Maybe it even helps shape a new generation of children growing up running around its halls.

I do not know if this Alaska Legislature will let the project get past the planning stages. But even planning provides the forum to discuss who we are and how we want our government to perform our business.

Juneau is a beautiful capital city. Thank you for working so hard at it.

Rep. Eric Croft


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