Central High takeover of homes for parking
- What could I suggest in this meeting to convince them to give public
transport a closer look? I have ideas, but would like to hear your
To CLRN members and supporters
from Pres. Kathy Wells
Centennial Neighborhoods residents are being summoned to a called meeting of
the neighborhood at 10 a.m. Sat. Apr. 7 in the auditorium, Brandon Bldg.,
campus of Ark. Children's Hospital, to discuss proposals by LR School
District officials to take over residential properties to turn them into
parking lots for Central High School.
Also to be discussed will be Master Streetscape planning along Daisy Gatson
The called meeting was prompted by a recent meeting with school district
officials, at which Doug Eaton, building supt., informed residents of plans
to add parking spaces by closing Dennison St. between Bates Dr. and 13th
St., enlarging the parking lot there, and buying other houses to turn into
More space is wanted for a baseball field and parking.
Suggestions to increase public transportation rather than parking spaces
For more info, call Pres. Ethel Ambrose, Central High NA, 375-1829.
- -->For every gallon of gas burned in automobile driving, 23.8 pounds of
carbon dioxide is emitted to the atmosphere, adding to global warming.
-->For every ton of cement produced (to pave parking lots, highways,
etc.), a ton of carbon dioxide is emitted to the atmosphere, adding to
Tree and grassy areas REMOVE carbon dioxide from the atmosphere,
lessening the rate of global warming. We need more trees and grassy
areas, not more paved parking lots (that only serve to encourage even
Lennie, I suggest you tell the LR school officials to use their minds and
do what is right for the students at LR and the rest of us on the planet.
If they are still in doubt about what to do, you might want to suggest
they check the following books out at their local libraries (like I did)
- and read them!
1) "Street Reclaiming: Creating Livable Streets and Vibrant
Communities", by David Engwicht, New Society Publishers (1999). Suggested
visit for more information about the book and activism ideas:
2) "The Official Earth Day Guide to Planet Repair", by Denis Hayes
(Chairman and CEO of Earth Day), Island Press (2000). Contains excellent
section on "Clean Transportation" pgs. 47-77.
3) "Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American
Dream", by Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck, North
Point Press (2000). Written by very forward thinking and prominent
architects who are well aware of the need for major shifts in urban
planning theory and aren't inhibited in saying what they believe is
Thanks for requesting suggestions. As for the baseball field, you might
want to suggest the LR officials look for some nearby parking pavement
(within 1/2 mile) to put the field. There are way too many parking lots,
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