After Dallas' Park Board Mows Down DISD Parking Lot in Park, Fight Moves to the Playground

What a difference a month -- and a few nasty notes from city and Dallas ISD officials -- makes.On Thursday, Dallas' Park and Recreation Board voted against pouring concrete over a small sliver of city-owned parkland for a 22-spot teachers'-only parking lot across from Woodrow Wilson High School, where cars are being displaced by construction at the East Dallas landmark. That's the opposite of what the board voted for on Nov. 2, when a majority of its 15 members signed off on the Dallas Independent School District's request to pave over a patch of Randall Park grass at the corner of South Glasgow Drive and Columbia Avenue.Dozens of folks who live near the crowded, beloved high school socked in the middle of a densely populated neighborhood packed the park board conference room Thursday to plead their cases. There were good arguments on both sides, from those who want teachers' cars off their congested streets, and from those who can't stomach the thought of pouring concrete over the few blades of grass remaining at Randall Park, most of which is a gated athletic complex.   Continue reading...

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