The ironic thing is that it is not a residential neighborhood. It borders on one, but it is a post-industrial downtown area being turned into mixed-use.
Old North Durham Park should obviously be a multi-use park that works for both the children of the school, and the soccer players. I don't know how feasible a community survey or vote is, but hopefully City Council will see that this is clearly what makes sense for the ENTIRE community of people who use the park.
The REAL tragedy here is that the city sold Erwin Field Park to Duke. It is absolutely criminal that a city would sell its people out in that way.
But the sale of Erwin Field park is not the fault of the school, and does not change the fact that it makes sense for the entire neighborhood community (which includes the school) to have a multi-use park.
I find the real irony here is that the language El Kilombo uses to disparage the school, that theses children and families are somehow outsiders coming in to take advantage of our scarce community resources, is the EXACT same language that constitutes much of the racist rhetoric used against Latino peoples.
Just sayin'. Try to be at least a little bit ideologically consistent people.
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