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Holly Leicht, executive director for New Yorkers for Parks, discusses financing public parks through private development and the case of Central Park and Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
I love your show. But, for the first time you've pissed me off. How can you question money going to such a broadly used, common, and productive resource after spending over a week begging for money for a much more narrow, elitist and self-serving purpose, your job and radio station?
It is commendable that this man gave such a large donation to the parks, but I can't help but think how many homeless people could be housed for $100 million.
Way to put a negative view on guy who donates a huge gift to centrl park. I'm sure you feel that you would be a far better judge on where he should donate his money.
There is plenty of money in the city Parks. The problem is that we have city "workers" maintaining the parks and managing the budget.
A shopping mall in Flushing park? - Why not use the existing Mets stadium for a soccer stadium - Just needs to be repurposed OR use the existing parking field by building a parking garage and using the rest of the space for an additional stadium
What's wrong with giving to a place that means so much to him? And, since Central Park will have so much extra$$$, can't a little more of city money be devoted to other parks? And, his generosity is a great example for others of financial means to support other parks.
Shouldn't the City then divert some park money to other parks across the City?
Also, what is not recognized is that when it comes to investments in parks, most of it is done through private and non-profit money. The city hardly provides any funding - A key unsung hero for New York City gardens and parks is Bette Middler through her NYRP (New York Restoration Project). If you want to help park in NYC please donate to her group.
Third, there should be an effort to turn the Flushing Meadows 'park' into a real park. Right now it's just some green areas in between 3 highways and an airport landing path!
This is tough - it's hard to fault someone who wants to spend their donation on "their own backyard"? At the same time, if you're a true philanthropist, my personal opinion is that you should be donating your money to people, causes, institutions, and neighborhoods that are truly in great need, and could highly benefit from infusions of cash. Ethically, his decision passes, but morally, I would say no...
Jeez- where's the story here? The guy gave a donation. He didn't buy the park. He's not erecting fences. It's still a free park for all New Yorkers. Move on.
I don't have $100 million to donate but I pick up trash and dog waste every morning when I walk my dog in the park that I consider my back yard. That benefits my Bed-Stuy neighborhood more than any donation could.
Given the shady source of Paulson's money (surreptitiously betting against public pensions under GS' auspices), does this donation represent the unsustainable concentration of public money and power into the hands of a shady few, for dispensation at their limited discretion?
Any monument to him in the park, however small, will be insult to injury.
People being upset about someone else's donation should put their own money where their frustration is. How can anyone take issue with someone else's generosity? Seems like nothing but sour grapes to me.
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