As a gallery owner in Old City for almost 20 years, I can tell you exactly what it is like to have the Duck boats move into your neighborhood ("Ill-informed editorial on planned Duck tours," Friday). The Old City section of Philadelphia is best known for its many historic sites, unique architecture, upscale shops, art galleries, and fine restaurants. It has a character, charm, and grace found nowhere else - until the Ducks start rolling.
As soon as the winter weather is gone, the giant white amphibious landing craft start rumbling down the quaint streets of Old City heading for the Delaware River, just like the invasion force they were built to be. One after another, seven days a week, they stream through the neighborhood with loudspeakers blaring the most obnoxious music imaginable - the "Chicken Dance" is a tour favorite.