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Friends,

Community garden negotiations are hard in any city where there are a
multitude of worthy land uses, the usual level of political cronyism and
"shenanigans". This is the backdrop against which the negotiations to lift
the Temporary Restraining Order to sell/bulldoze about 400 endangered
gardens that are currently going on between Mayor Bloomberg and Attorney
General Spitzer is playing. FYI:

Eight Months Later
More than eight months after the destruction of the World Trade Center,
three articles in the Times today make clear that, even as the efforts shift
in earnest from recovery to rebuilding, the events of 9/11 linger.

Architects for Larry A. Silverstein yesterday provided the first public
glimpse of plans to replace the destroyed 7 World Trade Center, Edward Wyatt
writes http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/14/nyregion/14TOWE.html. The new
building would be 52 stories tall (five stories taller than the one it is
replacing), a transparent, "light-emanating shaft" designed as a gateway to
the planned World Trade Center memorial. The building is scheduled for
completion at the end of 2005.

The Hill, an area of the Fresh Kills landfill connected to the recovery
effort, is soon to shut down, Dan Barry writes.
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/14/nyregion/14LAND.html The operation,
"created in the genius of desperation, has sorted through 1.6 million tons
of material removed from the World Trade Center disaster site. That work has
uncovered more than 4,100 body parts, helping to identify more than 150
victims. Now, there are only 25,000 tons to be carted to the landfill from
Lower Manhattan, a small fraction of what was. In the next few weeks their
mission will be completed, their future certain only to the extent that it
will be nothing like what they have just gone through."

N.R. Kleinfield http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/14/nyregion/14KIDS.html
profiles individual children to illustrate the conclusions of a recent study
by the Board of Education.  The study found that "roughly 200,000 of the
712,000 public school children in grades 4 through 12 were candidates for
some sort of mental health intervention - at least a visit with a mental
health professional - because of the lingering trauma of September 11."

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