Because even a stopped clock is right twice a day, Andrea Peyser's whine about left opposition to Quinn is not without an occasional salient point, but to assert as Peyser does that "Quinn...once enjoyed the uniform support of the city’s vast left-wing cabal," is to indulge in Bizarro-world delusional revisionism.
Some days you just gotta hear a song about the Charles River.
A back of the envelope comparison between the average income of those living in metro New York and the average price of existing houses that sell here shows the standard of living is quite low. Housing prices soared during the housing bubble, and didn’t fall back to normal in the New York area to the extent they did in most of the U.S. Unregulated rents are up. Those who purchased houses years ago at lower prices, or have lived for years in rent regulated or subsidized housing, are less affected. But for young people looking to move out on their own, and for people seeking to come here from elsewhere in the U.S. and all over the world, the personal standard of living is relatively low by U.S. standards, and going down. That is the bad news.
And, according to one theory, the good news. Because people keep coming here anyway, and something must be drawing them, something that offsets, for the moment, that low personal standard of living. A full discussion of this, with a couple of spreadsheets, may be found on Saying the Unsaid in New York.
[Posted on Room Gate 4/18/13]
Don't believe the hype. If every Democrat voted for cloture on background checks, it still would have failed.
Today, even in New York, we are all Red Sox.
Really folks, is Weiner's political fantasy life really anymore deluded that Malcolm Smith's?
Isn't the Mayor's job powerful enough without giving a Mayoral Agency the power to appoint a watchdog to keep the Council in line?
Back in 2009, in the aftermath of Bill Thompson’s shocking near victory for Mayor, I pretty much made the case for Anthony Weiner:
Weiner on a potential Mayoral race: “We are ready to clear the decks on this thing.”
Who needs Mixed Martial Arts when you have Quinn versus DeBlasio?
Much to my disappointment, few have followed up on my recent posts about presumptive Brooklyn Beep Eric Adams (here are a couple more to peruse).
Compared with the U.S. average, the gap has started to close, and because poverty is far grayer in the city than the U.S. as a whole, that gap may close some more. For now, read more and grab some spreadsheets here. http://larrylittlefield.wordpress.com/
Lavatories of Democracy Department: States outlaw Upton Sinclair.
It seems I can get posts here after all. Anyway, my series examining the extent to which New York City has recovered from the 1970s continues over at Saying the Unsaid in New York. I'll repost here once the new Room Eight, with attachment capabilities, is operating.