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How much will it cost to clean up after Occupy movements?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:54 pm - December 10, 2011.
Filed under: Occupy Wall Street

Glenn today links a post on the damage the folks at OccupyBoston did to the “scenic Rose Kennedy Greenway,” quipping that Boston Occupiers Leave Site In The Kind Of Condition The Country Would Be In If They Were Listened To:

[Nancy] Brennan [executive director of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy] said the grass, which has turned into a mud pit, will need to be completely resodded, and she fears several trees that have been damaged will have to be replanted.

“Three or four trees might be lost. There’s browning of the foliage, and there are some broken and bent limbs,” she said. “Part of what we need to do is check on the root systems, and that is just going to take a little bit of time.”

Brennan also expects that the sprinkler system was damaged so much it will have to be repaired or replaced. Also in need of replacement are about 20 percent of the shrubbery and the pebbles from a pedestrian walkway that runs along Purchase Street.

And that’s just a partial listing of the damage.  Wonder how much the cleanup’s gonna cost.

In Los Angeles, Democratic Mayor Antonio “Villaraigosa has said the cleanup and repair to the park might cost more than $1 million.”  Oh, and let’s not forget the “overtime costs for city employees” during the “occupation.”  According to the LA Times, “Overtime costs for the General Services Department, which runs the police force assigned to City Hall and other municipal buildings, exceeded $100,000 even before the overnight raid [ending the 'occupation'].

If taxpayers foot the bill, as seems likely, the occupiers can just say, “Well, that’s what democracy looks like.”

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  1. [Nancy] Brennan [executive director of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy]

    Oh, that’s just precious.

    The family most responsible for the creation of these drug-addled brats has now had their graves and legacy figuratively (and literally) pissed and shat upon by them.

    A perfect metaphor for what liberalism is and breeds — a stinking mud pit that debases and contaminates anyone foolish enough to walk into it.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — December 10, 2011 @ 7:44 pm - December 10, 2011

  2. I’m waiting for liberals, especially Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi, to condemn Occupy Wall Street (after a quick google search, I can’t find any evidence of that happening by anyone other than the mayors of the affected cities).

    If they don’t, I hope whatever Republican ends up being nominated points it out.

    Comment by Naamloos — December 10, 2011 @ 8:07 pm - December 10, 2011

  3. OWS will cost we taxpayers a butt load of money in the thousands, perhaps millions throughout the nation.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — December 10, 2011 @ 8:38 pm - December 10, 2011

  4. Well, maybe we could put the occupiers to work resodding, replanting, and… oh, wait, what am I saying. If they could do actual work, they wouldn’t be in OWS.

    Comment by V the K — December 10, 2011 @ 8:41 pm - December 10, 2011

  5. Our local city council finally said enough and let the “occupy” permit run out. Naturally, the “occupiers” decided to hang in past the deadline and get arrested. After all, how can you be an actual “occupier” if the power that be are cooperating?

    So, when the menacing, militaristic police descended on them we got a report that the “occupiers” protested that they “just want to change the world.” That slogan was heralded as a “redress of grievance” protected by the First Amendment.

    Here you have the foolishness of a group of people overstaying their permit and claiming that “wanting to change the world” is a redress of grievance. So, what makes them a bit different from a wino peeing on the church steps because they tossed him out from shelter in the undercroft because he crapped in the corner.

    The cost in dollars to society is not nearly so important as the cost of pretending that these misfits, lunatics, and miscreants actually have an agenda worth considering.

    For any trolls out there, I strongly urge you detail the message we are to take from the various “occupiers” across America.

    Comment by Heliotrope — December 10, 2011 @ 9:04 pm - December 10, 2011

  6. “The cost in dollars to society is not nearly so important as the cost of pretending that these misfits, lunatics, and miscreants actually have an agenda worth considering.”

    There you go getting all judgemental again. Can’t you realize, one man’s crap is another man’s fertilizer. (tongue in cheek)

    Comment by Richaed Bell — December 11, 2011 @ 12:06 am - December 11, 2011

  7. Richard, you have nailed it. I propose a 24/7 C-span type channel called “Occupy” and we can watch the reality show which these “citizens” spontaneously act out. I suggest a place be fenced off in the California forests and designated “Camp Occupy.” They could grow weed, have an open microphone, scamper about is all manner of dress and undress, give long, rambling speeches, twinkle fingers up and twinkle fingers down and drive each other nuts by doing the echo speech game.

    People could bring them old sofas and grocery carts and a cop car could be provided as a prop to crap on. Ben and Jerry’s could feed them and Starbucks could name a coffee blend for them.

    Let a thousand flowers bloom. Give them “Camp Occupy” and give us a channel to watch how the inmates go about changing the world. Heck, we could bus in homeless from all over to help bolster the population.

    Comment by Heliotrope — December 11, 2011 @ 9:57 am - December 11, 2011

  8. “I propose a 24/7 C-span type channel called “Occupy” and we can watch the reality show which these “citizens” spontaneously act out. I suggest a place be fenced off in the California forests and designated “Camp Occupy.” They could grow weed, have an open microphone, scamper about is all manner of dress and undress, give long, rambling speeches, twinkle fingers up and twinkle fingers down and drive each other nuts by doing the echo speech game.”

    Genius! Unadulterated, genius! You have given us the one weapon of mass destruction guaranteed to remove OWS fom all memory. No progressive has ever been born with enough tolerance for the eventual boredom resulting from what you lay out.

    Comment by Richaed Bell — December 11, 2011 @ 10:50 am - December 11, 2011

  9. … Well that’s one way to create “shovel-ready” jobs!

    Comment by Ludovico — December 11, 2011 @ 1:13 pm - December 11, 2011

  10. Andrew Klavan gets it: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/12/05/andrew_klavan_wall_street_on_trial_.html

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — December 11, 2011 @ 1:17 pm - December 11, 2011

  11. These Communists, Socialists, anarchists, and skinhead fascists (only a few of them) believe in the state, except for the anarchists, who decry govt, yet seem to want the benefits of the system. They actually like the people (us taxpayers) paying for their mess since many of them don’t have a job. What a bunch of losers.

    Comment by davinci — December 11, 2011 @ 7:13 pm - December 11, 2011

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