Dog Park Meeting Civil, But Consensus-Free

At least 200 people from the Lake Merritt community and a few from beyond gathered at the Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church last night to air their opinions on the neighborhood’s latest hot-button issue: a proposed new dog park at the intersection of Lakeshore Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard. Based on the vitriol still fomenting on neighborhood listservs — and on the East Bay Express‘ website, after we covered the issue last week — one might’ve expected a healthy dose of political theater at the neighborhood meeting. Instead, the crowd was on its best behavior, sharing views in as constructive a manner as could be asked. Of course, that doesn’t change the fact that the two sides could scarcely agree on a thing.

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