It’s not whether the city will go on, it’s what kind of city we’ll have.Tough choices and risk capital
One with rising crime, or one with only 400 murders annually.
One in which new business are willing to risk capital, or one in which companies stagnate or, worse, flee.
One where employment grows, even in the boroughs, or one that falls behind the national trend.
One of rising, vibrant neighborhoods, or one that sees the return of urban blight.
Far too casually, de Blasio and Democratic rivals Christine Quinn, Bill Thompson and John Liu dismiss the possibility that New York could go into decline. They campaign with collective amnesia about how hard it was for the city to climb up from ashes and lawlessness, and they take for granted that all will live happily ever after.
Over these past 12 years, it was not through the path of least resistance that thousands of illegal guns were taken off the streets.(Emphasis added)
Or that the city has been kept safe from terrorism. Or that a private developer brought the Nets and a great new arena to Brooklyn.
Or that Columbia University is expanding uptown while Cornell is building a high-tech campus on Roosevelt Island.
Or that the No. 7 subway line will soon run all the way to 34th St. and 11th Ave.
Or that a new neighborhood will sprout from the miasma of Willets Point, Queens. Or that the Yankees and Mets have new stadiums.