|From:||peter strauss <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Fri, 21 May 1999 14:09:40 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||Re: "The Economic Benefits of Open Space"|
Emery, Not having the pleasure of knowing you, I can at the very least attest to your prolificacy. I've read your most recent e-mails over several times, and if I understand you correctly, I take strong objection to the implications that you draw regarding the open space debate. You stated: "Practically speaking we find ourselves making arguments that turn out to be pleas not to raise certain issues beyond the level of polite dialog. I think this issue of preserving open space vs knowingly and willingly maintaining the oppressed, marginal, whites and blacks, in a condition of dependence is an instance of the contradiction and a challenge that emerges as integral to the brownfields enigma." I do take offense with the idea that anyone, especially the "white skinned privileged," as you suggest, who argues for preservation of open space knowingly maintains the oppressed in a condition of dependence. To use the impolite term, I think you are calling supporters (i.e., the "white skinned privileged," and their dark skinned supporters) of open space racist. I would counter that your analysis is wrong, especially in the context of the brownfields "enigma". It may be a truth that, proportionately, more people of color live closer to Brownfields sites than other groups. By the same token, benefits derived from use of the open space on former brownfields sites will benefit those living nearby. Would it not be a public good for people who are economically deprived to turn the abandoned lot into a playground or a park? As I see it, the economic benefits must be weighed against other potential uses - but preservation of open space should not be automatically ruled out. Peter Strauss
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