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Apologies for my lack of rudeness, Mr Holden

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Thank you for publishing Robert Holden's review of my recent book Great City Parks (AJ 31.1.02). Most of his comments were reassuringly positive. I would, however, like to comment on a few of the more personal points that he made.

In particular:

lThe late Martin Jones did, indeed, take many of the photographs of the parks in Hamburg, London, Paris and New York. The majority of the photographs in the book, however, were taken by Dr Marcella Eaton or myself.

l The suggestion that Gasworks Park in Seattle was a precedent for the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord came from (and was attributed in my end notes to) John Fleming, Hugh Honour and Nikolaus Pevsner in their Penguin Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

l Holden's view that this suggestion represents a bid for 'North American academic street cred' (a fine oxymoron) therefore seems somewhat bizarre - even if it is consistent with his gratuitous snipes at (the 'reasonableness and civility' of ) Canadians and the 'seriousness' of the book.

I am really sorry that it was neither rude enough nor frivolous enough to entirely satisfy Holden's tastes.

Alan Tate, head of department of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba, Canada

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