At 1:47 PM -0400 10/9/98, Pam Blythe wrote:
>But isn't Rudy trying to clean up NYC, such as corralling pedestrians onto
>the sidewalks to make sure they don't j-walk? Even though j-walkers have a
>lower rate of auto-to-pedestrian accidents because they tend to pay more
>attention than people in the crosswalk, I think he's trying to see how many
>can get crushed to death on the corners waiting for the WALK sign. I'm
>sure a little lead-ladened paint running in the streets is small stuff for
>him. The staff should call him every hour until he takes appropriate
>action and outlaws the sale of paint brushes in the 5 boroughs. These
>heathens must be stopped!
>PS - Can you see the tongue in my cheek?
i can't see it, but i'll take your word for it.
as for why Rudy wouldn't care -- if its making money for the city, its just
fine and dandy. rudy has decided that economic expansion and tourists
dollars are more important than life safety issues. remember that rudy has
always been concerned with quality of life, not life safety (except when
the buildings are actually falling, which will scare away tourists, and
thus scare away money (and national votes -- geez, i'm getting more cynical
as I write this)). its why NYC hires more revenuers, er, parking ticket
writers, and lays off building and health inspectors (well, the building
and health inspectors were also a heck of a lot more corrupt!).
what Ken saw was no different that what, unfortunately, goes on every day
in NYC, weekends included (Ken - take a walk around Williamsburg some
Saturday or Sunday, it gets even worse!)
Ward Dennis ][ architectural conservator,
Brooklyn, USA ][ R90/6
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