I was born in New York, lived through Koch, Dinkins, Giuliani. I was even in
diapers for Beame. It's important to note that some of the turnaround the
Giuliani took as his was a result of nationwide prosperity. And perhaps because
of changes Dinkins made in the NYPD to respond to his being soft on crime. Not
like he sat on a tennis court and frittered his days away.
Giuliani was a tough image of New Yorkers but certainly did a lot to alienate the minorities (racial and orientation-wise) in the city who, yes, tend to be a poorer
demographic. They also are a large percentage of the city; a good mayor wouldn't have to piss off 60-65 percent of the people to appease tourists and fat cats.
Rudy knew how to kiss tourists' and republicans' tails even though that was not where the concerns lay; he made the middle of the city a pretty place (and I applaud him for that) while entirely ignoring the hard questions of income disparity in the poorer areas. His heavy-handed treatment of the extremely large NYC arts community. Louima and Diallo. Donna Hanover. Berating the press and detractors. Et cetera.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Giuliani Time (Perhaps the Beginning of a Series?)
A post and comment string on the upcoming movie Giuliani Time (the movie's title is taken from the line a cop supposedly said before broom-sticking Mr. Abner Louima) from Gothamist. The site has some interesting quotes from and around Giuliani. I put in a comment also, stating: