Posts Tagged ‘John Lindsay’

6th November
2008

First Published in the Riverdale Review, November 6, 2008

By Andrew Wolf

Residents of a certain age may remember the administration of the late Mayor Abraham D. Beame. Abe Beame was an accountant, who worked as Budget Director under Mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr., before being tapped to run for Comptroller as Wagner’s running mate during his last term.

In 1965, Beame won a hard fought primary battle and won the nomination to become the Democratic candidate for mayor against Republican John V. Lindsay. He lost.

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14th December
2006

First Published in The New York Sun, December 14, 2006

By Andrew Wolf

With much fanfare, Mayor Bloomberg spoke on Tuesday about the future of the city. Like many public servants before him, he seeks to leave a physical reminder of his administration, lest future generations forget that he once occupied a wing of City Hall. So he has established a new city agency, the Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability, to guide the growth he believes the city will experience in the coming decades.

Many years ago, as a college student, I worked as a part-time clerk in the Municipal Reference Library. This allowed me to browse the library’s vast archives, filled with the plans, schemes, and visions of generations of mayors, government agencies, and private do-gooders. I soon learned that little in this collection of good intentions ever came to pass. Some of the plans, viewed in hindsight, were downright comical: 1920s’ visions of a city filled with pedestrian bridges linking the city’s skyscrapers, as dirigibles discharged commuters while tethered to masts at the tops of those buildings. (more…)