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Dubois2
Dubois2
2 years ago

When we talk about gentrification, do we notice amenities like the basketball courts next to the petahnque whatevers as attempts to make an inclusive future? We should. And when the basketball courts’ broken backboards are replaced more than once, and then there’s a shooting, do we re-evaluate our position on whether or not we need to do something, up to making a phone call to discourage that armed and gangster cousin from passing time on or by the basketball court? Or, when a proposal for a soccer field or a rose garden that includes the removal of the basketball courts… Read more »

nadine
nadine
2 years ago

Are you saying the basketball courts should be removed because they do not attract the “right” kind of people? Seriously? Deplorable.

Dubois2
Dubois2
2 years ago

Nadine, I’m so glad you asked. Perhaps I wasn’t as clear as I could have been; Shincidents like this shooting and the very visible and expensive vandalism that preceded it at the same location is exactly the sort of stuff that gets basketballs courts removed from parks, and from the plans for new parks. Especially urban parks in mixed income neighborhoods. I’ve sat through those meetings…. a torture I’m glad to have moved on from. That being a reality, and shooting people, especially in public with as high risk of bystander casualties being somewhere between bad and straight evil in… Read more »

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