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Re: E-M:/ Fwd: Detroit considers sale of City's small parks



Delavan,
 
Normally, I would tend to agree with you that selling park land is a bad idea. But in the case of Detroit, I have to say that the city's rec department proposal seems logical to me. The article cited statements from experts who cited that the city's population shrank dramatically since the 50's. By concentrating parks and rec in neighborhoods that are more likely to utilize them makes sense to me.
 
Some would likely argue that keeping and maintaining the pocket parks can be used in revitalizing neighborhoods and attracting new residents, small businesses, etc. No argument here. But, in the case of Detroit neighborhood resurgence, I think that the city needs to attract new neighborhood mixed-income dwellers from outside of the downtrodden neighborhoods. As well as outside of the the city limits. Satisfactory/poorly maintained pocket parks are not enough to attract these people in order to bring up neighborhoods.
 
-George
 
On Jan 3, 2008 10:16 AM, Delavan Sipes <delavan1122@comcast.net> wrote:
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And the short-sightedness lives on.  Is there no one in government who
realizes that tight money may be relieved by selling land, but that selling
parks is wrong, wrong, wrong--once gone, it's gone forever.
Delavan Sipes
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> Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2008 4:42 PM
> Subject: E-M:/ Fwd: Detroit considers sale of City's small parks
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>> Enviro-Mich message from "Cynthia Price" < skyprice@gmail.com>
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>> Forgive me if this has already been posted -- I searched for it and
>> can't find it if it has. I got it from one of the urban ag list-serves
>> I'm on.
>>
>> Wondering what the reaction has been.
>>
>> I'm not sure the link will be live but can be cut and pasted -- it
>> gets you right to the article.
>>
>> Cynthia Price
>> Greater Grand Rapids Food Systems Council
>>
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>> From: Pohl-Kosbau, Leslie < PKLESLIE@ci.portland.or.us>
>> Date: Jan 2, 2008 2:55 PM
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>> http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/29/us/29parks.html
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>> Detroit Considers Sale of City's Small Parks
>>
>> Save for a rusty, seatless swing set, the Brinket-Hibbard Playlot
>> resembles
>> many vacant lots pockmarking Detroit's hardscrabble east side.
>> Fabrizio Costantini for The New York Times
>> snip
>> The Recreation Department's master plan calls the proposal "park
>> repositioning," which officials promote as a clear-eyed way to look at
>> necessary downsizing, a way to align park space with the significant
>> demographic shifts over the last half-century in Detroit, which has lost
>> about a million people since 1950.
>> But critics say it could further hurt downtrodden areas where parks are
>> equally appreciated, and that green space is too precious to be bartered
>> for
>> money.
>> "They call some of these parks 'surplus,'" said City Councilwoman JoAnn
>> Watson, an opponent of the plan, "but I don't know what the heck that
>> means
>> because there is no such thing as a surplus of something that is
>> necessary
>> for the good and welfare of the community. The very concept of selling
>> off
>> public parkland in somebody's hope to address a one-time money crunch is
>> not
>> something you do as a big city. We have to protect these parks for future
>> generations."
>> snip
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