Last night I joined about 60 other people who attended a public community meeting at Redding City Hall hosted by the City of Redding Community Services department. The purpose was to discuss ways to "reinvigorate" Redding's South City Park.
I realize that the latest trend when discussing Redding is to not point out our scars, because any fool can point out scars, and that trend is to think positive, to look on the bright side, have a can-do attitude about our city and have hiiiiigh hopes, no matter what.
I get it. But we're talking about South City Park. Anyone who's lived in Redding for more than a week knows that if you play the word-association game and ask for the first words that come to mind when South City Park is mentioned, that words like "homeless" and "scary" and "unsafe" and "drugs" and "violence" will be among the responses.
Unfortunately, there's truth behind those words. And damn, I get tired of sounding like Doni Downer, but the truth is - like it or not - South City Park, in its current state, is one massive, ugly scar. No amount of lipstick or concealer will change that present reality.
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