Purnick says "Bloomberg coolly makes his case based on facts," but Atlantic Yards is one clear exception
The idea of reassuring the public, showing the people out there that he feels their pain — or will at least pretend to: not Bloomberg’s thing. He has never mastered, or even bought into, the idea of personally cajoling and persuading the public. Bloomberg coolly makes his case based on facts and expects people to accept his statistically inarguable logic: smoking kills, so stop smoking; illegal guns kill, so get rid of them.The counter-evidence
If not the grand persuader, he has other strengths, many of them. I suspect that despite Bloomberg fatigue and the vastly oversimplified arguments about a tale of two cities, history will record him as one of the city’s most effective mayors. But somehow, we want our elected officials to conform to our view of who and what they should be, how they should behave, even what they should believe.
"As a matter of fact, I remember a day in 2003, in June, I went in to see the mayor to present our project, and he stood there, he looked at it"--Ratner waved his hand as if scanning the room--"he had all the deputies around, he just looked at it and he said, after a while"--Ratner waved decisively--"I want to get it done. And he used a certain extuperative [sic] and said, Get it done no matter what."
Four years later, Bloomberg changed his tune. “I’m violently opposed to Community Benefits Agreements,” Bloomberg told The Brooklyn Paper in August 2009.
3) When confronted with evidence from a New York City Independent Budget Office report that the Atlantic Yards arena would be a money-loser for the city, Bloomberg said, according to the Observer:
“I don’t know what the IBO studies would have shown back when they tried to establish the value of Central Park or Prospect Park or anything else,” he told reporters. “These are the kinds of projects you have to do because without that we don’t have a future, and we’re going to get this one done.”4) In a January 2004 radio interview, Bloomberg claimed that "any city monies of any meaningful size will be debt issues financed by the extra tax revenues that come from this." At that point, there was a plan for tax-increment financing.
6) When Ratner announced "2,000 jobs" at the Barclays Center, Bloomberg was there to endorse the figure, and the famously data-driven mayor was snippy and evasive (see video in Daily Intelligencer) when asked how many full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs that represented.