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“They Paved Paradise and Put Up a Parking Lot…”

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OK – so maybe it ain’t Paradise, but it WILL be a Parking Lot.  With Modular Classroom Trailers.  And more Vandalism.  And Traffic.  And an Eyesore.  What am I talking about ?  Lakewood City Schools has decided that the Multi-use Athletic Field that has been our neighbor to the South FOREVER is now better used as a portable “Campus” as they put it.  One day you go to work and see the Sun glistening off the dew, then you come home to 3 or 4 acres of dirt – nice.

 We LOVE relaxing on our back patio.  It is our favorite place to be in the Summer, where we eat most meals, and where we entertain.  This is not just some concrete slab with a couple plastic chairs either – this is a stone patio with moss, Trumpet vines, a fireplace, a swing and nice furniture.  It is also surrounded by tall trees, Tropical plants, a 30ft long herb garden and various landscaped planters.  It is an escape, a refuge, an outdoor living room.  It is where we are immersed in the changing of the Seasons.  The openness of the field – very tough to find in the city – just added a bit more, as it is only about 20ft away from the patio.

So, without warning, the schools decide to bulldoze the whole place.  We get a note on the door the SAME DAY which starts out with “As you may have noticed…”  As I MAY have noticed ?  Where was my opportunity to oppose this ?  Heck, dude behind me had to have a Public Hearing because his garage was going to be taller than most, but the city schools can just do whatever the you-know-what they want and then send a letter AFTER it’s too late to stop them ?  After posing these concerns on the Principal’s voicemail, I have not received a call back yet.

Along with everything I mentioned previously, we could also have an increase in crime, and a decrease in property value.  The field has long been used by the neighborhood, and also had a Baseball Diamond.  There were Track & Field meets, JV Football practices, weekend Softball games – you name it.  Unfortunately, it is also where medivac helicopters landed as it was the only place close to the hospital that they could.  Lakewood has normally done things “above board”, but this time they dropped the ball…

Update : (as advised by the Principal) This phase of the project was unveiled back in 2004 during a series of school disctrict planning meetings which were open to the public – 35 Trailers for 4 years while they renovate the high school, then take it all away and put the field back as it was.  We’ll see…

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Written by johntheirishman

Thursday, 20 September, 2007 @ 4:41 at 4:41

Posted in 1470, 44107

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  1. nice… so I take it you’re not moving?

    Snakeye

    Saturday, 22 September, 2007 @ 10:19 at 10:19

  2. I guess time will tell – we’ll see how bad it gets. Are you back to a normal schedule yet ?

    johntheirishman

    Saturday, 22 September, 2007 @ 13:58 at 13:58

  3. A few things maybe on the positive side… no more Lisa “accidently” locking herself in the closet thinking the medivac is gonna crash into the house. Also, maybe Roxy bee-lining full speed across the field will be slowed by the portables.
    On the flip side (beside the roach infestation you may have in a few months) you may also have an influx of bums. The access ramp to the portable I was housed at Urban Community School by St. Malachi was the Hilton for bums.
    Hmmm… what else about portables. Oh, mine this year was condemed by the fire marshall and we had to move to the one next door. Did I mention they are a haven for bugs? The school I’m at now has about 12 portables… it’s the school district’s “answer” to too many students and not enough funds.
    Eech. We’ve got black mold growing on the frames outside the door and you know how well I do around black mold. Maybe I can sew SCCPSS for hazardous work conditions(minus the stank that permeates from the AC unit in our portable).
    Okay, maybe I’ve got too much to say on the topic. I’ve just got a little experience with school trailers and think they all suck. Sorry John. That sucks for you.

    BH

    Saturday, 22 September, 2007 @ 22:17 at 22:17

  4. Thanks for the positive spin on things – I feel MUCH better now !!!

    johntheirishman

    Sunday, 23 September, 2007 @ 8:40 at 8:40


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