LETTERS: Crystal gazing

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The Independent Online
Sir: Your feature "Arts 2000: is this another piece in the puzzle?" (3 October) makes reference to a "new" Crystal Palace on London's South Bank. Why on earth put a Crystal Palace there, when Paxton's world famous site at Sydenham sits empty, waiting for a developer to install bingo, Burger King, bowling alleys and similar cultural attractions? This is its likely fate.

The best location in London, sitting high above the metropolis to the north and the Weald of Kent and beyond to the south, is begging for something which will do justice to the 21st century and to the astonishing vision of Prince Albert, Sir Henry Cole and Sir Joseph Paxton.

Yours faithfully,

Ken Lewington

Audrey Hammond

London, SE19

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