I live on a busy, urban residential block (in an affluent neighborhood) next to a large Catholic elementary school. Recently, the school administrators have proposed that every day around lunchtime, the city barricade our block against any traffic so the kids — who have no schoolyard to play in — can play in the street.
This is a terrible inconvenience for those of us who live on the street. It means you can’t park or move your car, you can’t accept deliveries, and service people (the cable guy or the exterminator or the construction crew) can’t get to your house.
Half the residents of the block are for the kids playing in the street at lunchtime, but half of us feel the school should find another solution. We paid a premium to live in this neighborhood and pay hefty taxes every year. This proposal devalues our property by making it less convenient and accessible.