Black, The New Green?


Crews are busy at work getting ready to blacktop the middle of South Bryant Park for the new parking lot.  Even though there is enough on the street parking around the park, including a city owned right of way on South 3rd that could accommodate all the required spaces needed according to the city’s own calculations.   The money to pay for this unneeded parking lot could be put to much better use by simply filling in the hole, planting trees and laying sod, and pocketing the rest for our cash strapped city.

At last Tuesday’s City Commission meeting Commissioner Jennings brought the parking lot up and asked if any of the Commissioners wanted to change their vote. None did.

It appears that black (top) is indeed the new green.

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5 Comments on “Black, The New Green?”


  1. Ugh, how did I miss this? First, I’ve never had trouble finding parking at Bryant, I can’t believe we need more space there for cars. I swear with one thing or another that park has been torn up 50 percent of the last 10 years I’ve lived here. It’s one of the great perks of living in Lake Worth — when it’s open and available. Sheesh. I’m praying they haven’t ruined it.

    Secondly Tom, I wish you’d get on Twitter and tweet your posts.

    • joanne kelly Says:

      with the park redone, there will be more usage. Lots of folks have family birthday parties there on the weekend. i am glad to see it moving forward.

  2. Tracy Says:

    Maybe our city staff should be required to attend actual trainings on building awareness of public space issues!! Yes, there are actual trainings!! The cost is next to nothing, especially when compared to all the money that goes to fixing all the “mistakes.”

    Quoted From: http://www.pps.org/training/
    “PPS’s training programs provide both practical skills and inspiration to people who want to improve the public environment in their city, town or neighborhood. Training includes building awareness of public space issues and opportunities, observation and data gathering techniques, understanding how people use public spaces, building internal capacity to implement place-based projects, and public space design and management skills.”

    The following are just some quotes I like on ‘Design’ to ponder:

    “People ignore design that ignores people.”
    — Frank Chimero

    “Design is the application of intent – the opposite of happenstance, and an antidote to accident.”
    — Robert L. Peters

    “Math is easy; design is hard.”
    — Jeffrey Veen

    “Design is about making things good (and then better) and right (and fantastic) for the people who use and encounter them.”
    — Matt Beale

    “Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.”
    — Robert L. Peters

    “Designers have a dual duty; contractually to their clients and morally to the later users and recipients of their work.”
    — Hans Höger

    “Practice safe design: Use a concept.”
    — Petrula Vrontikis

    Sorry, i couldn’t resist the last one!!! TRP

  3. Dale Says:

    I can’t wait to have a park designed by a group of malcontents who have no training or experience, much less understanding of drainage, cost, building code or operating expenses.
    When was the last time our Progressive Green Group objected to downsizing the number of parking spaces and preserving existing trees? seems like alot of smoke and mirrors to make a mountain out of a Mulvehill.


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