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Re: “Bad blood brewing over Old North Durham Park

Additionally, the "private" in the public-private partnership that El Kilombo insinuates into something evil actually is the funds raised from the annual Strawberry festival, which is a community event organized with hundreds of labor hours contributed by the families at CPSC. The "private" is profit raised from the event -- in-kind donations, $1-$100 spent on food and activities by the families who attend; and so yes, the businesses who sponsor the event (Herald Sun, Whole Foods, etc) are part of the "private" as well. This is a wholesome endeavor, people! CPSC leveraged the funds raised from the event and matched it with county dollars (Durham Open Spaces & Trails Grant) to purchase the park equipment that was DONATED back to the city. (CPSC kids play on it during school hours -- but it is open to the public). I'm disgusted frankly by the way in which El Kilombo has co-opted the conversation and turned the park plan into some big capitalist conspiracy.

Posted by mkj on 04/16/2011 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Bad blood brewing over Old North Durham Park

El Kilombo talks about "their community" which I find interesting. Central Park School for Children is "their community" -- it is three or fours doors down the street and is a public, charter school. (Yes, it's a charter so folks from all over the area can send their kids to school there but many families live within walking distance). They refuse to engage in conversation about the school's plan or needs b/c schools and kids are not what they're about. They prefer to hear themselves bloviate about the perceived injustice of the CPSC park plan. They have resorted to cheap attacks against a few individuals. They are fighting the gentrification battle in a completely misguided way. But they're purists -- don't want to sully themselves with dialogue or any kind of grounding in reality. They prefer to play act the role of marxist. Hilarious considering their organizers' voices were trained at Duke University not in Chiapas or Soweto.

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Posted by mkj on 04/16/2011 at 8:49 AM

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