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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Big Surprise: Post Gives Giuliani Way Too Much Credit

Sunday's New York Post opinion piece credits former Mayor Giuliani's policing tactics for the turn-around in the Bronx over the past decade and a half:

"The Bronx's boom is the direct result of the tough policing started in the Giuliani years and largely continued under the present administration."

What about the fact that the Bronx is home to some of the largest and most successful community organizing and community development work in the country's history? The extensive history and critical impact of this work is clearly not on the radar of the Post's editorial board.

One may wonder what happens when a Giuliani-style policing takes place in another scenario -- a City without a history of community organizing and development. Well, look no further than what happened when Giuliani was called into Mexico City (click here if you prefer to watch instead of read).

Plus, if you really want to get into the crime data, maybe we were all duped into thinking the City was safer than it really was.


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