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"At 12:45 pm today -- with the weather 74 degrees and sunny, and fruit trees throughout the Village in early flower -- there were a dozen people in the Sasaki garden at Washington Square Village, and another dozen in the common spaces between the Silver Towers. Kimmelman praises the peacefulness of these spaces -- and they are, in fact, peaceful -- but does this level of peacefulness constitute enlightened park planning in a crowded city? The problem is not really "demolition by neglect." The problem is poor urban planning from the beginning, with the Sasaki park raised on a plinth over a parking garage, with a staggering lack of inviting entry points, few through-lines, and no sense of pedestrian narrative."?Minetta [Michael Kimmelman Proposes an Alternative to NYU 2031]