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May 19, 2005


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I don't know what can be done, but at least Bucharest seems to have a number of playgrounds commensurate with the number of children.

That's not true in Mexico City.

On the other hand, there are plenty of basketball courts. And the vestpocket parks are nice, if lacking in play structures. The kids seem to make do with benches, trees, and parked cars.


Remember that we live in what might be called an affluent neighborhood. I'd hesitate to draw conclusions from this part of town to any other.

But yeah, there's always a place that has it worse, isn't there?

Bernard Guerrero

Maintenance always suffers. The opening ceremony is a vote-getter (or at least a publicity generator), but budgeting for paint and cement to fill holes? Very diffuse gains, no headlines.

The key might be to set up a noisy "pro-parks" parents' group. Concentrate the gains and associate them with some faces (and votes) for the local pols. It is thus that narrow industry groups manage to drive trade policy


Come back and visit me. You should see the toddler/young kids section of Cabin John Park. Allison finally started going down the big slide again.


What would happen if a group of parents got together to fix parts themselves, the way our Civic Club/Friends of the Library and Eastside Mother's Group did for Taylor Park? Does local government have matching grant monies for which organized groups can apply?

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