I've lived all over Manhattan, from the East Side to the Upper West Side to Harlem to Washington Heights. Sure, it helped to be rich if you were living in Manhattan. But I also saw that middle and lower class families could raise their children, too, social workers and classical musicians and teachers and dockworkers. There was room for everybody. Today? I'm not so sure. Manhattan has become a playground for the rich – a sterile playground – and Brooklyn's not far behind. … [Read more...] about Mayor Bloomberg took a bit of New York’s soul
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Response to De Blasio's battlecry has so far been muted in the wake of his inaugural address. "I sense that a lot of people are pretty nervous about what the next few years are going to bring, but folk at the top are in a wait-and-see mode as they try to figure out whether the new mayor is prepared to work with them," said Scott Winship, a senior fellow at the conservative thinktank the Manhattan Institute. … [Read more...] about Mayor Bill De Blasio challenges New York’s millionaires with higher taxes
Looking back at Bloomberg's 12 years in office, it is easy to see how De Blasio's Tale of Two Cities rhetoric proved to be such a good fit for so many voters, and how the mayoral campaign turned into a race to become the anti-Bloomberg candidate, even as about half the city approved of the job he was doing. … [Read more...] about Michael Bloomberg’s 12 years at the helm of New York City come to an end
Cuomo has described it as a 'crazy scenario' which only ever happened because FEMA refused to be the buying agent on behalf of all 50 states. He had requested that the feds buy the equipment then distribute it to the states if and when they needed it. Trump dismissed the notion, saying the federal government is not a 'shipping clerk' for the states. … [Read more...] about The charts that should give New York hope: ICU and hospital admissions continue to fall – even as deaths still rise – as Cuomo raises prospect of getting people back to work with antibody tests
A focus on resilience Having steered New York through the destruction of hurricane Sandy, one of the most important lessons Bloomberg may have to share is that preparing for big storms really does matter. Helping other cities to draft resiliency plans like the one Bloomberg's team wrote after Sandy is likely to be a key part of his post-mayoral efforts. His $20bn blueprint recommended better protection for electrical infrastructure, helping property owners move critical equipment out of basements and creating a mix of barriers, levees, sand dunes and wetlands to limit the impact of floods. The details of resiliency measures elsewhere will vary depending on local conditions, and New York's advice is likely be most useful to other coastal cities, says Alice Balbo, resilient cities programme manager at ICLEI Global, a Bonn-based group that helps local governments promote sustainability. … [Read more...] about Can Michael Bloomberg’s New York manifesto change the world?