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As an orthopedic NP I'm asked regularly to sign for handicapped parking permits. Fewer than 10% of the requests come from people using a cane, let alone crutches or a wheel chair. Unfortunately, it seems that many people sincerely believe that if walking a few blocks causes discomfort, they should have a placard. Pain is real and subjective, but it is not a disability. In almost all cases increased activity such as walking on flat surfaces is beneficial and part of their treatment plan. Providers need to be held more accountable for placating patients with placards instead of educating them to maintain function.
Aside from being factually incorrect about the teen center renovation at Mosswood Park (plans for significant structural improvements funded more than two years ago remain "in process" ) the Express article was a reasonable introduction to some of the problems currently facing Oakland Parks and Rec. The reporter's interest was clearly the question of whether public/private partnerships in the parks are a good idea. However, the fact that Ms. Geuss either completely missed - or chose not to dilute her story with - the underlying communication and accountability issues that were the very reason Mosswood neighbors insisted on the 9/23/09 meeting with OPR officials is remarkable. It might be of use for all parties to revisit a 1998 Express article for background on some of the underlying concerns still at issue in the Mosswood Park community. Any assistance The Express can provide in making that article available would be greatly appreciated.
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