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“... also revealed his characteristic tactic of creating facts on the ground before his opponents had time to move. Faced with local opposition to his plan, he set pile-drivers pounding bulkheads into the Hudson off Riverside Park before any authorisation had been issued by the Manhattan Borough president. Other routes would have been cheaper and less destructive to the social and natural ecology of the area ...”
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