Jun 10, 2014

Translating Molovinsky

My WPA walk this weekend was held in conjunction with Friends of the Allentown Parks, a city affiliated organization. Although I could organize and publicize the walks without Friends, we have a mutual interest. It's director, Karen El-Chaar, appreciates my knowledge and advocacy for the WPA, and I appreciate her potential influence to move the stone structures to a higher priority in the city's budget. This year, as we moved from site to site on the tour, I was rather blunt about the city's failure to maintain or appreciate the various structures. On each occasion, Karen politely rephrased my words more diplomatically. By the end of the tour, I was referring to her as my translator.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

MM

This is the problem that many have with the Friends group.

Instead of Friends of the Parks, maybe they should be renamed Friends of the Mayor.

michael molovinsky said...

@12:03, i have been working with Friends for a couple of years, both on WPA issues, and raising money for trees lost in the storms. nobody ever confuses me as a friend of the mayor. Friends functions as an independent organization. pawlowski even put the edition of Park Pick, announcing my tour, on his facebook page. Not everything is politics.

Anonymous said...

She does the very best she can under difficult circumstances.

Anonymous said...

MM

Then maybe you could clarify as to what she was translating your words to.

The impression given in your post was that she was apologizing for the level that the city has allowed our parks to fall to.

Maybe I'm misreading your original post.

michael molovinsky said...

@2:58, the post is quite clear; i'm very blunt in my criticism of the city's priorities. el-chaar is more diplomatic, but she wasn't apologizing, or negating anything i said. the conditions of the structures speak for themselves. with the destroyed and buried sites, such as the island and boat landing, the damage was done 40 years ago.

Dreaming of Justice said...

Great job! Wish I had been there!