Here is an excerpt of an e-mail SNAP leaders sent to other District 17 neighborhoods:
Last night the South Nashville Life blogger tweeted that the online petition was just short of 100 signatures. I have not seen any reports on how many signatures SNAP collected on Saturday.
We are asking for your help Saturday to spread the attached petition among your neighbors. Can you commit to helping us walk your neighborhoods from 9-12 on Saturday morning, or 1-4 on Saturday afternoon? We are asking that neighbors from your communities go with us, because we want this to be a neighbor-to-neighbor drive. Ideally, we would have about five neighbors from your neighborhood who could pair up with five of ours.
We are hoping to hit a lofty goal of 2,000 signatures by the Dec. 21 Council hearing. Your neighbors will also be able to sign an online petition ....
However, Save My Fairgrounds organizers, who in a press release say they were emboldened by Mayor Karl Dean's comments Friday night that the neighbors living around the Fairgrounds are "uniformly opposed" to preservation, sent out their own teams around District 17 with petitions. If their numbers are accurate they seem to have made their own progress with signers:
Goal (In Households): 1,860If the cycle of the past returns this week, the preservationists will tout their large numbers of supporters, and SNAP will question the legitimacy of those numbers without divulging details of the strength or legitimacy of theirs.
Total HH Knocked: 1,387 (shortened due to light rain)
Total HH Not Home: 723
Total HH No Opinion, Won’t Sign, or Ag. Fairgrounds: 182
Total Individual Signatures: 511
Yard Signs Placed: Dozens (we lost count)
If the numbers are reliable it looks like neighbor vs neighbor at this point, which is precisely a result of the Mayor's Office divide and conquer strategies.