One Person’s Activist Is Another Person’s Busybody

Sally Dowden, the Highland resident profiled in this story, has obviously done quite a bit to make her neighborhood a better place to live. In particular, she led an effort to have a small traffic circle placed in the street to slow traffic and discourage people from using it as a cut-through.

This, though, just makes me think of some crotchety old guy sitting on his front porch with a shotgun complaining about all the young whipper snappers:

She lives near Columbia Park and keeps an eye on it, “for skateboarders and people who play their music too loud, or sit on the park bench and smoke marijuana.”

I can understand the music and maybe, maybe the pot, but why the hate for the skateboarders? How are they hurting anyone? IMO, if you think you need to guard your park from skaters, you’ve definitely crossed over from “activist” to “just plain pain in the ass.”

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2 Comments on “One Person’s Activist Is Another Person’s Busybody”

  1. Joe Says:

    I don’t know if this happened before or after you moved, but in Homewood they dismanteled the skateboard park. You can imagine why, I mean, I saw people with spiked hair and wearing black using the park. Horrors.

    If I had the money, I would have bought the equipment and opened a park here in Bessemer.

  2. This story brings up a lot of mixed feelings for me. I’m the blogger for HRA and did a positive post on Sally for the blog

    But personally I have to ask like you “what’s wrong with skateboarders” or anybody else who wants to move and celebrate their body?

    And the traffic calming circle? Again, personally I’d like to know how much it cost, couldn’t it have been done cheaper and was it really, really needed? Most traffic calming circles are used at intersections not for the benefit of one block. How fast can you really go down that street with cars parked on both sides…

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