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had to deal with, like the Parks Council, which has only one purpose
and that's to keep parks pristine, clear, and clean. With which I
agree, except that Bryant park was not a park. It was a square that
was occupied and controlled by pushers. [laughs] Nobody was enjoying
it, except between noon and two o'clock on a sunny summer day! But
they kept snapping at our heels, and they have just enough clout with
the parks commissioner to make life difficult.
You mean the Parks Council?
The Parks Council.
And they were snapping because of what?
Because whatever changes we were going to make in the park
were going to be bad as far as they were concerned, particularly a
restaurant. Their theory is you should never remove a bush or a tree
or anything. I agree you shouldn't, if you've got a park that is
used. If you have a park that has been lost to the public, you've
got to do something to return it to the public. If I'd only been
able to get the board or the Parks Council to spend twenty-four hours
locked in to Bryant Park, they would have had a very different view
of the whole thing. But unfortunately, they don't live around there.
The people who were around there all wanted us to do something! The
people who were criticizing weren't around there. Anyway, it's been
a bloody battle for five years. Particularly because the parks
commissioner who was for the whole plan that I worked out, Gordon
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