It is true. No one want a large asphalt parking lot in their neighborhood. We used to park at the natatorium until they locked their gates.
What if it were a grass parking lot with trees and benches and flowerbeds? The curb appeal would look like a park during the week. And maybe the neighborhood could use it as one.
But asking long time members to not attend their home church is neither neighborly nor welcoming.
How discouraging for Our Lady of Lourdes. If the residents of the O4W knew the importance of Lourdes, they may be more accepting of their request. The church was the first African American church in Atlanta. It also had a school, which provided an education for the residents of the Old Forth Ward when the public schools kept the students segregated. My understanding is that the church's current parking lot will be the site of the future sanctuary. Therefore, a new parking lot will be needed. The church has a diverse congregation drawing from all over metro Atlanta. We drive 45 miles to go there. Yes. It is worth the drive. Surely there can be a neighborly compromise.
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