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of like life style have very little problem in living together. It's people of different life styles who have a problem of living together.

So, for example, in my Forest Hills confrontation when the big thing was, “Don't you- want people to mix -- everybody should be homogenized,” I said, “No, I don't believe that at all.” I said, “Would China town be China town if instead of it being occupied by the Chinese we made certain that since they're only one percent of the population in the city of New York or even less, on every block there be 99 other people to every one Chinese? It would be ridiculous. Would Little Italy be Little Italy if we insisted that we build public housing projects to make sure that there were blacks and Jews in proportion to the racial composition of the city? It's ridiculous. Is Riverdale a ghetto because it's primarily middle class Jewish? Ridiculous.”

Now, if people move in on their own because they can afford it and it isn't the government that's placed them there, that's fine. That's the nature of the Village. The Village does have an integration that's fantastic. I don't want to say that the blacks are there in any substantial numbers. But there's no prohibition against them; there's no limitation except the money to rent. If you can afford $500 for a studio apartment, you have no problem in moving into the Village. But that's a problem for some whites, too.

Well, anyway, getting back to Washington Square Park, it has become a very difficult place. On a week-end, when there are a lot of people in the park, then it's not so bad. But even

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