East Coast Shoot, Day 6: “the powerhouse”

June 25, 2009

Our producer Michael White likes to call the dynamic duo Arleyn Levee and Betsy Shure Gross as Boston’s  “powerhouse” of park advocates. I like to think of them as the godmothers of the Emerald Necklace restoration effort.

Levee, NAOP board member and John Charles Olmsted expert, told us, “Frankly, Olmsted gave the city of Boston its aesthetic shaping.”

Gross, who co-founded NAOP in 1980, when asked about the importance of the public/private partership in park restoration said “Honey, nothing can be done to change parks without the involvement of the private sector.”

Behind every great park is not only a great designer, but a fierce and determined army of advocates, who will not take no for an answer.

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