Why was I stopped walking through the transit center?

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For years I have been under the impression that the Grant Street Transportation Center is a public building, since it was constructed with public money, including my own, for a public purpose. Wasn’t that the crux of the controversy over the awful sign that was proposed for (and partly installed on) this building? I enjoy walking through this building from time to time, cold drinks in the summer and cups of coffee in the winter being bonuses for taking a pleasant shortcut route.

On such a walk-through a few weeks ago, I was rudely accosted by a private security guard, who told me to leave the building immediately or he would call the police, since the building is, he said, the property of Greyhound. He said I would be arrested if I returned. (Perhaps he judged from my attire — a parka — and my beard that I was a homeless vagrant, which I am not, but the challenge would have been just as inappropriate in either instance.)

I immediately wrote to the parking authority asking about the status of this building and my right to pass through it. I also asked whether control of it had been ceded to Greyhound. Not surprisingly, I suppose, given the all-too-common responsiveness of city authorities, no one has ever answered my letter. I wonder whether this sort of thing will be tolerated under the new administration; I fervently hope not.

Is the Grant Street Transportation Center a public building or not? Have others been challenged there this same way?

DONN NEAL
Downtown


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