Weed in Washington Square Park: Are Alcoves Really the Problem?

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Photo: Curbed.com

As you can see from the above image snapped by Curbed, builders are laying stone and pavement into the area around Washington Square Park's newly positioned and freshly refurbished fountain. Instead of the many curved walls around the fountain, which held up planters and turf, there will be granite benches facing the fountain. The belief is that this kind of heightened visibility in the area will cut down on the kind of drug deals and abuse for which the park used to be notorious. According to Curbed, at a Landmarks Commission meeting yesterday there was "much discussion over circular seating alcoves and various 'undesirable' activities that reportedly take place in the park's nooks and crannies." What do you guys think? Is the nice, open new layout going to change what goes on in lovely Washington Square Park?

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