The area was/is commonly referred to as Miticeva Rupa (MEE-tee-cheh-va Roo-pa) or Mitic's Hole. The land was purchased before WWII by Vlada Mitic, a wealthy businessman, and since 1946 has been the site of over 26 various projects, none of which ever seemed to take hold. For this reason, the area was said to be cursed, since nothing succeeded there. Then, in 2000 it was turned into a park for children and anyone else who wanted to sit on a bench.
Now it's back to being cursed again....the city wants to 'develop it, which, in business lingo, means get rid of the trees and park and build apartment buildings. There's been an uproar, but I am not optimistic.
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