March 2, 2016: Port Stanley residents may have failed to appreciate the classic design that has
been presented by Prespa for the proposed development on William Street. Rather
than relying on the time-worn models of Greece and Rome, the design goes back thousands
of years more to the first emergence of civilization in the valley of the Tigris-Euphrates
where the great temples and market places known as ziggurats were erected.
Yes! When Prespa is done, Port Stanley will have its own ziggurat, perhaps the first
in North America, a towering, terraced mud brick structure so tall that, in ancient
times, it was not surpassed until the construction of the great pyramids in Egypt.
Port Stanley residents will need to become accustomed to the hundreds of thousands
of visitors who will roll down their car windows and shout, "Where is your ziggurat
at?" We will have to learn to tell them that when they cross the bridge, they should
zig and not zag to get where the ziggurat is at.
We will have to make thousands of adjustment to adapt to our new identity. Kettle
Creek will be renamed the Tigris and Little Creek the Euphrates. Municipal employees
will have to ride camels, albeit red ones. Dave Marr will have to wear a turban
and sell carpets on the weekend.
The possibilities are endless and we have to thank those courageous designers at
Prespa who have taken us back several thousand years in our development.
Frank & Nancy Prothero
Port Stanley, ON