The Galveston-Niigata Sister Cities Committee is in Niigata, Japan. Dr. Stephen F. Duncan, director of fine arts for the Galveston school district and a member of the committee, delivered a speech at the planting of dogwood trees, which were a gift to the people of Japan. The gift commemorates the cherry trees given to the American people by Japan 100 years ago. The following item is an excerpt from that speech.
GALVESTON — The future of a West End project that would include a 162-lot neighborhood on Lake Como and renovation of the decaying, vandalized Stewart Mansion hinges on whether the city council approves a Public Improvement District to finance infrastructure.