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  •  btw To be clear, (1+ / 0-)
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    I am NOT a supporter of Bloomberg. The racist 'Stop and Frisk' policy -- entrapment leading to arrests for marijuana possession -- introduced by Bloomie's Police Chief Ray Kelly is the absolute worst thing to happen to NYC since I have lived here, since 1966. Yeah, worse than when the city went bankrupt and the state stepped in to run things for a while, and worse than Superstorm Sandy, by far.

    At this point I guess I'm for the Meh Mr Thompson. He looks like a guy who'd stop 'Stop and Frisk'. And the others haven't said that they would, have they?

    But I don't think Thompson would keep Sadik-Kahn's policies that favor bus riders, pedestrians, and bicyclists -- my second most important issue.

    •  Great Report (1+ / 0-)
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      Used to live/work in NYC back when. Since job transfer to the Empty Quarter (aka the Intermountain West, centered on Salt Lke City), I miss it a little each day over the last several decades (Yikes, THAT long!) Please keep us little  apples up to date on the progress back in the Big Apple. Thanks

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      by Blue inU on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 06:57:42 PM PST

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      •  Since you asked (0+ / 0-)

        One other great thing that Bloomie has done, to give the Devil his due:

        As part of his concern about Global Warming and Climate Change, Hizzoner decided that trees are good and more trees are better. Hard to argue with that. But usually it's hard to get government to do anything about that.

        In 2007 Bloomie declared a goal of planting a million trees by 2017, and he got a photo op planting the 500,000th one about a year ago.

        Bette Midler founded a non-government organization that's a partner in the effort, planting trees in public housing projects and non-profits, while the City handles street trees and parks.

        And there's the beauty of the plan. Try to persuade the manager of a public housing project to spend money on new trees, like, instead of repairs to the elevators or the roofs? Or tell the park manager she should plant trees and postpone fixing the broken playground equipment?

        No, have a line item in the city budget for planting 200,000 trees per year. Then tell the park or project manager that the Mayor wants trees, they are free, and they can be planted next week if that's OK. Get a different answer that way. Get trees planted that way.

        Riding my bike around the city I enjoy seeing all the new trees. (You can tell because they're staked and wired in place until they take root.) Areas that used to look downright ugly -- projects, parking lots, warehouse districts, garages, and more -- now look good with their streets lined with trees.

        A nice story here

        But 'stop and frisk' is still unforgivable.

    •  I cannot wait for Bloomberg to be gone (1+ / 0-)
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      but I agree with everything that you've written about the greening, traffic rationalization, automobile de-emphais, and better links to the outer boroughs by bus (handy when I was helping a friend on Staten Island post-Sandy!).  

      There is a sentimental whiskey-and-cigarettes memorializer in me that misses a grittier (and more interesting!) late-night  city of old, but this is not the fault of these great traffic initiatives or the cute street-greening and there would be no point artificially working to faux-keep the grit, anyway.  Where are the neighborhood bar-bands of yesteryear... (gone the way of affordable apartments, of course).  

      By the way, I did the same thing you did with my post farther up: when I read it, I realized I had not talked about stop-and-frisk and knew I had to add that for any opinion to be relevant.  

      If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. Thomas Paine

      by WestCider on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 07:29:46 PM PST

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      •  The cleaned-up 42nd Street (0+ / 0-)

        The wholesale touristification and plasticizing of Times Square is not the fault of Ms Sadik-Kahn, nor even of Bloomie.

        No, it was Rudy 9iu11ani who sent the police, the zoning board, and the developers to transform Times Square. She just calmed the traffic, widened the sidewalks, and provided seating for tired office workers and tourists alike. As a matter of fact, the "Broadway Blvd" also provides a space for break dancers and sketch artists to do their thing and satisfy a public.

        Most of the naughty fun moved to the internet in any case. Nobody's fault.

        The new 42nd Street is an economic powerhouse. It's now a neighborhood where everyone feels safe to attend the theater, go to restaurants, and shop in retail stores. Many New Yorkers need the jobs created by those industries.

        But yes, there's something lost. Once I was in a 42nd Street porno store (no, I didn't take a wrong turn) and watched two well-dressed Japanese tourists peel off eight crisp $100 bills to pay for the XXX DVDs they'd selected. Very special souvenirs I guess you could say. I had a smile.

        My other adventures from that special time and place, like some at McAnn's Bar -- "the place smelled like jail" according to New York Magazine -- I won't share here in mixed company. :-)

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