Let me start by saying that I am always doing what I can to protect my 5-year-old daughter every day, while we’re here at home, at the store, at Lodi Lake, and yes, Lawrence Park. Not only does she play at Lawrence at least twice a week, she listens to the live music on Tuesdays and prays with members of the church just before eating.
She witnessed a confrontation there once; however, the (homeless) onlookers put a stop to it immediately because children were present.
Good thing “homeless” doesn’t mean “ruthless,” since they still know right from wrong, and that the intoxicated aren’t too belligerent, as they still understand and speak English.
Yes, there are times when some trash doesn’t make it to the trash can — just like buckets of popcorn and candy wrappers left behind in the theater. Either way my daughter knows she better not be a litterbug — like the ones at the parks or at the movies.
As far as the alleged drug use, dealing or prostitution that is said to occur in Lawrence Park, I for one have never seen any of this, and I’m pretty sure my view is a lot closer than someone watching from a nearby business. If I do see something, though, I have no problem telling them about their carelessness, because if it’s obvious to me, then it could be obvious to my kid.
I’m already having a hard time explaining the dangers of cigarettes to her when she sees every store selling them and so many people smoking them. But making a display of it is only going to make her more curious about a subject that’s already taboo.
I’m sure that whoever contacted and commented in the newspaper did so with the intentions of finding a solution to these issues. Unfortunately, it probably did the exact opposite by calling to attention any and all prostitutes and addicts who read it, and telling them where to go to do such things.