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A soccer controversy is emerging and Fort Greene park is the stage.

http://fort-greene.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/11/borough-parks-commish-to-soccerites-play-ball/

Sigh. I am with the Parks Commissioner on this one.

Can those with a backyard let those without a backyard enjoy some open space? And if the concern is the grass, can a patch of the park be reserved for soccer playing since there aren’t soccer fields on every other school yard?  This neighborhood is full of people who come from countries where baseball, football and basketball are not the national sport.  South Africa and Zimbabwe (go hang at Madiba), Australia (go hang at Smooch), France (go hang at Chez Oskar), Ireland (ask the boys at Alibi), Latin-America and the Caribbean (do I really need to name the spots?),  Britain etc.  Should that factor into the analysis as well?

This neighborhood is also full of people whose main concern is not that their property values will dissipate with the greenness of the grass in the park.  Fort Greene park is our communal back yard and we ALL should get to share it.

(I swear it is by complete happenstance that the offending post is coming from the paper dinosaur’s FGCH blog. I SWEAR.)

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