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Re: “Dog Park Meeting Civil, But Consensus-Free

I don't own a dog but I'm really interested in the outcome, so I went to the meeting, kind of out of curiosity. I wanted to see how folks who seemed vitriolic on the neighborhood forums appeared in a public discussion. Nobody seemed to be crazy or unpleasant in person, though passions were high and it seemed that some arguments were based on unsubstantiated assumptions that elicited very quiet groans in many people. When the first 5-minute pro-park person spoke she did ask for a show of hands of who was for the park in that location, who was against, and who was undecided. I think it was pretty clear that there were quite a few more pro than anti folks; it looked to me that it was about 3 to 2 or even 2 to 1 in favor of the park. There was a much smaller group of undecideds. The pro-park people also had little green tags they could pick up in the front of the room that said "Share the Space," and it definitely appeared that quite a bit more than half the folks in the room were wearing them. I found this interesting since Pat Kernighan had said at one point several weeks back that the emails were running largely against the park location. Maybe a lot of pro-park people were not aware of the neighborhood forums or Pat's request for emails. Or just not as vocal. It's kind of hard to say.

It was definitely a relief to see the civility apparent at the meeting. Communicating via email has its benefits, but civility of tone doesn't appear to be one of them. Kudos to Pat and Nancy for holding the meeting and for running it efficiently and setting the tone for a positive gathering where people could air their views.

Posted by auntles on 03/25/2011 at 12:52 PM

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