A few weeks ago, Nekima Levy-Pounds went to the Minneapolis park and recreation board, and did what she does best; made a lot of noise, claiming the Park and Rec board was…
wait for it…
wait for it…
Unfortunately – according to the City Pages – the facts don’t exactly bear out her charges of “Racism” against the park board (emphases added):
Parks and Rec breaks down its budget into North, Northeast, South, and Southwest service areas. North has 49 park properties and 59,119 residents, according to the 2010 census. Parks and Rec allocated $243 per person in north Minneapolis from 2010-14…During the same time, Southwest received $85 for each of its 120,376 people, and South received $83 for each of the 136,160 residents
Oh yeah, and the Park Board has big plans – and they don’t include the southside:
While parks all over the city will get some funding to maintain what’s already there, neighborhood parks in areas of concentrated poverty will be the only ones getting any funding for improvements — amenities like playgrounds, wading pools, fields — during the first five years.
Parks in wealthier neighborhoods won’t see a cent more than what it costs to prevent them from breaking down.
I’m not sure what the race-relations version of “all moo / no cow” is, but I’ll be looking for it.