Can private interests manage the environment? Well according to columnist Deroy Murdock, New York City’s Central Park is a gleaming example of how free-market principles can offer big environmental benefits. In 1980, the private Central Park Conservancy was formed, and turned terrible conditions into a clean and efficient program where the park was divided into 49 sectors, and supervisors and gardeners were made accountable for the condition of their respective zones. Litter is cleaned by 9 a.m. each day, lawns are carefully maintained, and millions of dollars are raised from private sources. So successful has the program been that New York has essentially privatized Central Park’s management – and saved lots of taxpayer dollars in the process.

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