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  1. What exactly does it mean to have “zero emission construction”? Construction of a building or school or anything requires cranes, bulldozers, trucks, and so on. How exactly does one build something with zero emissions? This suggestion is not only infeasible, if it was feasible the cost would be exorbitant.

    Let’s focus on getting the school done as quickly and cost-efficiently as possible.

  2. Thank you Ms. Alexander Davis (Open Letter, Roundtable 1/31/23)
    While all the conversation has been around bricks & mortar, taking precious green space for the congested area from outdoor youth activities, expanding the K-5 original school plan up to MS, adding another floor or more, the most important thing that has not been discussed is Climate & Environmental Justice.
    I applaud Ms. Alexander Davis and the community organizations that are attempting to address theses issues in our city, gov’t bldgs., school bldgs, etc.
    The 5th Ward has been waiting for the return of “their neighborhood” school for over 70 years, as over 600 children have been bussed out!
    The school bus fumes of over 40 buses are difficult to breath as 15 bldgs in D65 of majority students “walked” to their neighborhood school every school day!
    Have these disparities been addressed in building a new school in the 5th Ward? Will it be eco-friendly and environmentally safe with the latest technology and lastly, will it be for the 5th Ward students and their families?

  3. It is my hope that more than Fifth Ward residents speak up in support of this school. I realize that Ms. Davis seeks Fifth Ward residents to speak to the type of school that best fits their needs; aside from this specific topic, it’s time for residents of other wards to express their support of a Fifth Ward school. Listening to Alder Deloris Holmes’ “history lesson” was a reminder that more affluent wards (and she named them) have traditionally been less sensitive to the needs of our neighbors in the Fifth.