This petition has been modified to address our serious need for school seats and a recreation center in addition to the proposed climate change wetlands park.
The Board of Ed Building on Vernon Blvd and 44th Drive has the potential to provide more school seats than any other currently proposed school. The adjacent RFP site can provide educational climate change opportunities, access to the waterfront, and open space – making this one of the most viable areas for our future generations as well as a buffer against sea levels rising.
Additional floors can provide artist and light manufacturing space, a cultural center, a climate change educational center, job training, space for NGOs and more.
The neighboring DOT site is ideal for a recreation center which could include a swimming pool, a skating rink, basketball courts, and other activities.
We the community know how to economically grow from within.
This petition was inspired by the Court Square Civic Association petition calling for planned public open space – a Community need which has become increasingly rare and grossly underutilized by design. This is a chance for Elected officials to respond favorably to the public demands for more school seats and parkland. We will never have a chance to reclaim this city owned property if it is handed over to EDC as proposed.
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We very much want to win the 2018 mid-term elections and we absolutely must win the next presidential election in 2020. Our democracy depends on it. But victory is only possible if we are willing to boldly and unapologetically speak to our values, rooted first and foremost in human rights, fairness, justice and compassion for all. As so aptly stated by the late Senator Wellstone, “We all do better when we all do better.” In this same vein, the Party also must speak to voters’ most fundamental concerns, explain clearly how a Democratic majority will translate into a better future not only for this country and all Americans, but for themselves and for their families. To this end, we believe that a return to a Democratic majority can and should be achieved with a united electorate. As borne out repeatedly throughout the history of this country, Democratic values are universal values, after all.