Now, Bloomberg says Occupy Wall Street is ‘in some sense’ good for tourism

Michael Bloomberg speaking to reporters recently. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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It's not easy to describe Mayor Michael Bloomberg's attitude towards the Occupy Wall Street protesters. 

On October 17, Bloomberg said they were trying to "take the jobs away from people working in this city" and that the demonstrations were "not good for tourism."

On October 21, Bloomberg said, in response to a caller on his weekly radio show who wanted to know why the mayor couldn't just force the protesters out of Zuccotti Park, "It's a tourist attraction."

Today, when a reporter asked the mayor about these two comments, the mayor said, "In some sense it is good for tourism."

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He then went on to repeat a point he's made before: complaining about a problem isn't the same as coming up with a solution to the problem.