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December 20th, 2013 - 1:48 pm

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Urban issues drove the last two waves of progressive national policy. The New Deal reflected, to a great extent, a partnership between the Roosevelt administration and forward-thinking urban leaders like Fiorello LaGuardia and Edward Flynn, the Bronx Democratic boss who was one of FDR’s key advisers. The Great Society aimed squarely at urban poverty and political engagement. The former wave reshaped many cities; the latter didn’t get much chance to, overtaken as it was by a conservative wave that wrapped itself around a rural, agrarian myth of the “real” America. President Obama promised to change that, creating a cabinet-level post for urban policy and some pilot programs to foster transit-oriented development and attack concentrated poverty, but these were all slowed down by the budget wars with Republicans.

Now de Blasio will try to change that. “All of the capacity that our cities have being maximized is the best thing that could happen to the United States,” he said last week.

New York City is about to suffer a bout of progressivism so nasty that the contagion might spread to Washington.

Oh.

Right.

More seriously, The Nation has been pimping De Blasio hard since he won election. He’s the Bright New Progressive Hope. If he doesn’t run the city into the ground any sooner than I expect, he’ll make a run for President.

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De Blasio won't survive his term; he'll bungle things in year one (and maybe year two) and we'll probably see Guliani 2.0 step up and fix his mess.
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Yes, NYC has been suffering from an outflow of taxpayers for years and that has been increasing.
I kind of wonder what will happen when the city tries to take money from plumbers? There is a lot of pooh in them there buildings.
16 weeks ago
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I can remember when John Edwards was the Bright New Liberal Hope.
17 weeks ago
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Can de Blasio turn NYC into Detroit! in two years and then run for prez?
Why not? Blame the republicans.
17 weeks ago
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Had dinner last evening with an old friend who is politely called a Wall Street BSD. Every brokeraqe left in NYC is looking for the exits effective 1/1/14. He expects to be in an office park in Florida or Connecticut or Pennsylvania within a year. He has offered a bet to anyone and everyone he knows who voted for DiBlowsio-his $1000 to your $100 based on the rise or drop of the homicide rate in NYC; if it goes down, liberal gets $1000, when it goes up, he gets $100. Nobody has yet taken the bet. Going to be very interesting how this dumbass plans on paying for his hope and change without a strong financial services sector.
17 weeks ago
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NYC is going to get it good and hard. The smart money is already gone. The not entirely stupid money is on its way out.

It'll slowly but surely turn in to Vegas Island surrounded by the four boroughs of Detroit.
17 weeks ago
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OK, that's brilliant. I'm going to use that Vegas and Detroit line on my NYC relatives next week.
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