As we’ve written about, a select group of neighborhood residents have let it be known they are unhappy about sharing Freemason with Pokémon GO players.
They’ve gone so far as to push the City of Norfolk to find a way to kill the game at the Pagoda.
But, I wonder, does it have to be so all or nothing?
Is there an opportunity, through increased communication and cooperation, for everyone to win?
This is where the civic league should come into play. Civic leagues are where people who live in a neighborhood — and who enjoy a neighborhood — come together to talk through problems and find solutions.
The Freemason Street Area Association has their next meeting Wednesday, September 21, at 7:00 PM at the Blocker YMCA. The event is open to the public. I hope some Pokémon GO players consider attending in order to continue improving relations with the neighbors.
It seems to be a packed agenda, so attendees will have to be patient, but these guest speakers should all be relatively interesting. The Freemason Street Area Association has invited Peter Chapman, Deputy City Manager, to brief Economic Development; Velvet Smiley, Interim Chief Safety and Security Officer, Hampton Roads Transit; and Jim Redick, Director Emergency Preparedness & Response, Norfolk.
There tends to be an open forum at the end of these meetings, which is when an open dialogue about the Pokémon GO might be breached.
The issue — and story — don’t seem to be going away. This has been the top story on the Pilot Online for the last couple of days.
Much better to be talking about how everyone can work together so that everyone can continue to enjoy one of Norfolk’s most beautiful parks without the neighborhood residents feeling so stressed.
If you cannot attend but would like to send a message to Freemason civic league leader Jack Kavanaugh, this is his email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.