2002-01-05 / Letters

Where Will They Play?

Where Will They Play?

Dear Editor:

On the front page and on the editorial page (Wave, Dec. 29) you emphasized the shortage of school seats for the new arrived and still coming children in the region. Welcome to the wagon; why did take you so long? With a letter of July, 27, 2001, exactly 5 months ago, I emphasized the shortage of facilities that the newcomers and still coming were going to face, such as the lack of a little basketball, baseball court for children, a bocce court for seniors or a little green where mom could go for a chat or take the children for a stroll, away from noise or traffic jam Yes, the "build them and they will come" has become a reality. But there is now a new realty to cope with. Now, they are here and still coming, what are they going to do, play basketball, baseball and other sports in the streets at daytime and gather at the corners at nighttime with their solitude and boredom? We all know what boredom drives to: mischievous, drug and crime. We can’t blame the builders for the present planning / for the lock of a good urbanism vision. It is not their responsibility. They will build on any lot they can put their hands on, anyway, anyplace, even a few feet way from a noisy subway tracks or building them with garages below street level, despite the flood history of our region They are there for a profit. The only green they are interested in is the one they can deposit in a bank. A good urbanist vision lays strictly with the planning board. They are responsible for it as well for construction, security and facilities. Where have they been? Why do they allow new houses being built in a region where there are not enough facilities even for the present residents? I thought that while rebuilding the region, they would remedy a situation that is plaguing the residents of both sides of 116th Street. That is the lack of the above mentioned facilities. For year we have been craving for them.

I thought this was a good chance to finally get them. but I guess we have to wait a little longer. This was emphasized in that letter of July 22, but it was never published.

Could the reason be that I am only a "Q-Man"? (man in the street) Well, Happy New Year to all.

ANGELO


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