The urban mother's dilemma
Posted on October 5th, 2010
There are two playground-equipped parks roughly the same distance from me – say, half a mile-ish. Both involve crossing busy streets and going past homeless guys with signs and/or college students with petitions. (There are closer non-playground equipped parks.)
Park 1 is close to a famous bookstore and a great cupcake shop. It’s also got old, crappy equipment and a large population of homeless of the drunk, probable ex-con and ex-mental institution variety. Police patrol on horseback. It is also across the street from a charter school, which uses it frequently as a playground. It has swings. Parent friendliness rating: 8.
Park 2 has nice, new equipment. It is close to great shopping, but I would have to walk five extra blocks to get to it. Uphill. It has yuppie moms and dads. It has bathrooms (which I wouldn’t use). It has a large population of homeless, probable IV drug using variety. Police patrol in cars (directly through the park). It also has art students, and a dog off-leash area. It does not have swings, but has great climbing equipment. Parent friendliness rating: 4.
Some days, it really is a toss up.