It is curious how heated the arguments have become: To leave the oddly-shaped Elizabeth Street Garden alone or to build senior apartments on top of it. That we need senior housing cannot be argued but that we need a park where seniors can sit in the summer sun is also true. Seniors get less and less mobile (I know) so walking one or two blocks to another park is more than an ordeal—it is impossible. We will not solve the problem of providing senior housing by building 25 more apartments. All we will have done is provide a place where 50 seniors can sit and watch TV. Let them sit in the sun and watch the children. Nothing is more heartwarming to a senior than the laughter of children—leave the park.Text By George Capsis. Photo by Aaron Booher, Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden.

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