Keep these trends alive
Surprisingly, I disagree with "Grubby Bitch" on almost all of the "Leave these eat-drink trends in 2012" [Jan. 2].
Taking it from the top, I order veggie burgers, so the more (non-meat) stuff they can pile on, the better. Next, if the service is attentive and friendly, I don't care if the server takes my order standing on his or her head (hard to imagine, though). Next, housemade ketchup won't have the usual amount of sugar, stabilizers, etc. of store-bought. The more homemade stuff the better—slow food!
Oh, and outfits. I love seeing female servers in button-down shirts and suspenders, and especially those cute neckties. Don't need no cleavage bending over the table to serve everyone. Although I guess the menfolk don't mind. And Hawaiian shirts could probably be reserved for tropical venues; do you really want a luau ambiance if you're not at a luau kinda place?
Last, but not least, if I could afford to go to a pop-up, I'd be there in a minute—sounds fun. When I was working, I constantly fantasized about freelancing. I'll bet chefs do, too.
Enough of that. Love your paper—a voice of reason during all those conservative years. Happy 2013!
Kathy Folk, North Park
Skate parks ain't easy
It wouldn't be possible to include the whole story about the City Heights skate park in the short squib in your Jan. 2 issue ["Watch This Space"], but you might like to have a few more details.
The idea for skate parks was generated at the City Heights Area Planning Committee well be fore there was a Mid-City CAN Youth Council, before there was a Mid-City CAN, even before many of the youth members were born. It was talked about, dreamed about, wanted, but not available. In those early days, we really were too poor to rub two nickels together. Even today, we can't rub dollar coins together.
The rediscovery of a City Heights skate park (or two or three) as a project was precipitated by one of our neighbors several years ago, at about the time Mid-City CAN was being created. Our neighbor broached the idea at planning-committee meetings, urging us to find a way to build skate parks, reminding us of past discussions we had about skate parks. Mid-City CAN and its youth council are to be commended for taking up the quest and bringing momentum to the endeavor.
The path is not smooth. We have to come to terms with where to put skate parks. Not every potential location is universally liked and admired. If the Park de la Cruz / Copley Family YMCA (which is one site, not two) is chosen, an amendment to the general development plan for that park will be needed.
We have to decide whether the cost, estimated from $500,000 to $750,000, should be put to skate parks or other park-recreation sites. You note we are about 100 acres short of our parkland quota. What parks we have are in bad shape, so we have to carefully weigh every proposed use for the few park-recreation dollars that come available.
There are still other stumbling blocks to cope with in pursuit of skate parks in City Heights, so it's premature to hint that a new skate park will, or even might, appear here in 2013. It isn't as easy as it sounds.
Jim Varnadore, City Heights
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