Shade OK’d at University Park Elementary

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  • Treemom

    We are well on our way to becoming the Concrete Cities. I don’t understand the rush to install impermeable surfaces. Our city council and school district admin have approved measures that increase runoff downstream instead of choosing permeable environmentally friendly options. Kids need green, open spaces, not concrete pads. The middle school is filling in all the green spaces as well.
    An a reminder: you need some daily sunshine for your body to make natural Vitamin D. Spending recess under a tarp on a concrete pad sounds dreadful.

  • ObiWan

    I’m still waiting for someone to give an example of any change, any new development in the PC that actually caused the value of the property around it to drop. It just keeps going up no matter what you do to it!

  • t-Bone

    Maybe we are well on our way to becoming the Obama Cities. Not everything revolves around environmentalism. We live in the Park “Cities”, not the country. Concrete can be added and removed later if needed. Kids get plenty of daily sunshine & Vitamin D, I haven’t seen a single case of Vitamin D deficiency. I’ve yet to see where an impervious surface has caused a SlumDog Millionaire event in the park cities. Yes, some pollution is a part of our lives, just like flooding, wild fires & hurricanes. If you want a true liberal, progressive, democratic lifestyle, move to California. They need residents who will sell their souls to the government and give all their hard earned wealth for the sake of the environment and society, not to mention someone who will pay all that debt they’ve incurred and need repaid. In short, trees grow, can be cut down, replanted and grow again……..

  • Jen

    I know what the Lorax would want.

  • Treemom

    I was not making a political statement. Just happen to like trees and open grassy areas better than concrete, and would rather spend school money on hiring more teachers.

  • BlackSnakeMoan

    I am making a political statement. Vote for Wendy Davis. How bout it, T-Bone?

    Also, good use of the word impervious.

    Also, by a “SlumDog Millionaire event,” I would both agree AND disagree with you. 1.) I would disagree, as such an event would be characterized by someone not born into wealth, becoming rich but by the use of life experience and an informal knowledge system, an inherited cultural capital. I would challenge your implied argument that all in the park cities are very wealthy, and none need to use intelligence and life experience to make it in our world. 2.) I would, however agree with you that due to the capitalistic personality which is bread into many of the individuals raised in the park cities, and most competitive Western societies, it is unlikely that many would give up the wealth, once obtained through the use of aforementioned life experience, for love (as was the case in the movie, the Slumdog Millionaire.) But, at the end of the day, your mind is probably “impervious” to new ideas.

    With love from the California of the mind,


  • Avid Reader

    Where can I get some capitalistic personality bread?

  • treemom

    This is fun! My runoff thesis is based on the following:
    More concrete in UP = less water being absorbed into ground = more water into sewer = sewers overwhelmed downstream = Lower Highland Park and Dallas sewers break or overflow. It’s a real issue, and it’s why our town supposedly has a ratio for permeable vs. unpermeable areas on each lot. Maybe, schools are exempt, I don’t know.

    It’s not a political issue, just gravity.

  • jbw

    @BlackSnakeMoan: Right on. And I’m not even from California (or Texas).