Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Where to put my Volvo (Part 2)....


In my last posting, I discussed the ongoing clash over a proposed new soccer field at the Hurley School in the South of End. In a nutshell, the school wants to take down a parking lot to make way for a soccer field for its students and the surrounding yuppies are in an uproar over losing "their" parking spaces (which in actuality belong not to them but to the school). Although with this being the South End, the neighboring residents feel a certain sense of entitlement (which applies to most non-parking lot issues as well).

I was perusing an issue of the South End News and I have compiled a list of the reasons these yuppies are giving in order to protect their parking spaces, which begs the question: Wasn't there a logical reasoning section on the LSAT's??!! (assuming that at least 50% of the current yup-enders went to law school).

1. Residents who have been renting their parking spaces will lose rental income when they have to take back their spaces for their own use. As I see it, if you live here and own a parking space, I can't feel much sympathy for your financial situation. Maybe a few less dinners at Stella and Aquitaine can make up for the loss of income.

2. As the lot is withing close range of residences, the neighbors are "wondering" what will be the impact of noise and lighting. I guess we've all heard about those elementary school students and their midnight pickup soccer games. I have a feeling that a bunch of 7-year-olds playing soccer will not affect the evening rituals of most adults in the South End. This is another subterfuge for " we don't want to lose our constitutionally-mandated right to overnight parking in the South End."

3. Neighbors are asking if a playing field is the best proposed use for recreational space for the children. No, a crack dealership would be good too, but apparently some industrious souls in the neighborhood have already thought of that one.

4. Is the proposed field going to to have an appearance that is an asset to the community rather than an eyesore? Yeah, bud, the parking lot is really pretty....That green grass associated with soccer fields is just offensive. Personally, I like the way that broken glass sparkles on the asphalt now.

Maybe they should just have valet parking for S.E. residents?!! I think that could work.

7 Comments:

Blogger Only in Boston, Kids! said...

Good points on all.

I think the burgeoning problem is a kind of selfishness, "we will control the horizonal and the vertical" that these yuppie morons don't get.

We also think there is a kind of fear that other kids in the neighborhood not named Chad or Madison will take over the soccer field, and bring their more menacing and "industrious" friends along and cause mischief - bringing back the nasty, dangerous South End of old.

It will only take them six seconds to load up their Volvos and burn rubber into Newton if they see a gang of colorfully dressed, funny walking youth marching down the street in full menace, hoodies at the draw. That's the reality that new South Enders choose to ignore at their own peril.

January 18, 2007 at 7:05:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Steve said...

Theres also the white suburban fear that the degenerate foreigners that are so enthralled with the sport of soccer will begin molesting their daughters and selling drugs to their sons on their way to playing "futbol" on the new field.

January 19, 2007 at 10:08:00 AM PST  
Anonymous southender said...

1. Do any of you live on this street or the surrounding streets? 2. If not, have you attended any of the meetings.

3. There isn't a single resident involved that doesn't want what's best for the children, what the residents are asking for is a comprimise.

4. There is no claim of ownership by the "yuppies", you forgot to include the part about how residents raised over a million $$$ for the schools years ago. That's how the 1st agreement was set up for parking privilages!!!...
who do you think paid for the iron gates and the underused and poorly taken care of playground located in the back of the school.

5. Also, you also failed to mention that many of those "lawyers, dr's etc..." happen to also be "alternative lifestyle individuals" who have there own private spot and no children but yet out of kindness and caring find themselves outside cleaning the schools grounds on summer mornings and/or making sure kids are being trampled over by passing taxi's as they are released unsupervised at the begining and end of the day....

7. If the school has been given a private grant ( whichby the way.... by a "real rich beacon hill yuppie" for field , why not spend part of the money for field improvemnts but make your focus about the education. The school has a 56% failing score on state exams...THey have bigger issues to take care of...Soccer in a state that averages 9 inches of snow by December seems a little ridiculous at this point.....
You see, the select group of Parents pushing the field issue are the the gentrified types you speak of. They are stay at home "soccer moms" (for which some don't even reside in the nieghborhood) They pushed the issue of a field without even asking all the parents , why do think "soccer" was chosen...hhmmmm It's not the evil residents....Even the schools very own coach doesn't want the field. PLease get all the fact before you make statement like we're selfish bastards... who's being slefish now...The residents even offered to raise money for the school or pay a parking fee if needed in return for parking privilages on a new cleaner safer field....

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have lived in the South end for 15 years and it disgusts me now! I pay 1000 dollars a month to live in a tiny studio where my foot can be on the bed and in the bathroom at the same time btw. these studios as they call them are at 119 bekeley street! Dont bother renting there it would cost less to get a hotel room! There is no trace of the gay ol' days and me and my boyfriend are moving to JP! Im so sick of gays making a neighborhood fabulous and then selling out to these HORRIBLE PEOPLE! I hate the south end now and it is more crime ridden as the days pass. Boston used to be a great place but now SUCKS more than any city I've been to in my travels. Kiss my ass frank at club cafe for conforming to the yuppy scum ways with your tired new menu all pricey! GET OUT OF THERE NOW AND DONT PATRONIZE ANYTHING THERE! LET THE NEIGHBORHOOD FALL APART TO THE PARIS HILTON WANNABES AND THEIR CLOSET CASE HUSBANDS!

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