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Many Downtown Residents Relieved By Clearing Of Tents In Zuccotti Park

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If there was any group besides the protesters who were closely watching what happened in court, it was the people who live and work in the neighborhood surrounding Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan. Borough reporter Rebecca Spitz filed the following report.

Since September, residents of the Lower Manhattan neighborhood surrounding Zuccotti Park have been dealing with the noise, the smell and all the effects of having hundreds of people living outside in close quarters with limited resources, financial or otherwise.

Some said it was about time the city took action.

"Nobody has the right to squat in a public or private park," said one local. "This park belongs to the people of New York City, not just one group. Of course, everyone has a right to protest but that doesn't mean stay here day after day, week after week, month after month."

"If I owned that property, I might not want people camping there for an extended period of time, especially without any kind of sanitation, clean water and so forth," said another.

Not everyone who lives in the area and who had lived with and watched the protesters for two months agreed.

"I actually do think it would be better if they would let the tents back in because I feel like there's sort of an uneasy air right now and it's going to get cold soon," said a local. "I think it would be better if the protesters could just be as comfortable as possible."

Residents were not the only ones affected. Many small business owners said Occupy Wall Street hurt their bottom lines.

One small business owner told NY1 his concern was not money, but health.

"It's becoming a situation where it's unhospitable for people to come down here. Shoppers, the people who work here, it's an uncomfortable situation. It's not a very clean situation."

So Tuesday's court ruling was a relief to many in the neighborhood.

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