Archive for May 12th, 2005

12th May
2005

First Published in The New York Sun, May 12, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

The flap over the remarks made in March by Fernando Ferrer has now become a discussion of consistency and principles, the measure of which is the negative use of the term “flip-flop.”

The flip-flop is a term that may have killed the Kerry presidential campaign in 2004.Voters may not understand all the nuances of every issue, but they do understand consistency and candor. In fact, they demand it. (more…)

12th May
2005

First Published in The New York Sun, May 12, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

We hear a lot in the press about the big development projects, such as the debates over ground zero or the proposed Jets Stadium on the West Side. But across the city there are hundreds of land use issues, invisible to all but a few, but collectively as significant as the largest projects. In general, the citywide trend is to cut severely back on neighborhood growth.

Great cities are living organisms, constantly moving, changing and evolving. New York is a town where once seedy industrial slums have evolved into chic residential areas. We are now, however, in danger of government stifling the natural development of Gotham, one neighborhood at a time. (more…)