There is a Denver Public school on the north side of my neighborhood that serves as an early education center for children ages 3 to 5. The school recently adopted a policy where parents have to walk their child up to door and hand their child over to a staff member. Parents can no longer pull in the circular drive and let the kids off at the curb. The school has a very small parking lot so by the time the staff parks there are very few places for the parents to park on school grounds. The parents are parking on the streets of my neighborhood and walking their children across the street. Twice a day the streets nearest the school are filled with cars and SUVs as parents pick up and drop off their children. The residents near the school are upset with the added traffic to the neighborhood. They feel the activity is disrupting their lives and their landscapes are being harmed. The residents have complained to the homeowners’ board and the city councilman.
The normally quiet neighborhood is bustling with activity twice a day for about thirty minutes each time. This takes place in the more affluent section of the neighborhood. Apparently, these residents value their peace over the safety of the school children.
I suggest these people may want to move to a house in the gated neighborhood north of the school. The guard on duty only opens the gate for residents and their guests. Problem solved. Now, can we concentrate on more pressing issues such as the wars this country is involved in, the Syrian refugee crisis and the 2,000 homeless teenagers on the streets of Denver?
First world problems can be so upsetting.