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Bill Quick

West Side Story by Nicole Gelinas, City Journal Winter 2014

New York City’s population kept expanding through the 12-year mayoralty of Michael Bloomberg, as it has for three decades now. The population decline that began during the 1950s and continued through the 1970s—as high crime, worsening schools, and bad mass transit pushed New Yorkers to the suburbs—first started to turn around during the 1980s. But the resurgence has been more dramatic than many realize. Under Bloomberg, New York became home to more people than ever before—8.3 million as of 2012, up from 8 million in 2000 and 7.3 million in 1990. The population now exceeds the previous peak, set in the 1950s, by about 400,000.

New York hasn’t grown evenly, though. The winner during the Bloomberg years was the city’s West Side—north of Greenwich Village, south of Central Park, and west of Eighth Avenue to the Hudson River. The area spans Chelsea, Clinton, and Hell’s Kitchen, but also neighborhoods so new that they don’t yet have recognized names.

Bloomberg presided over a huge expansion in NYC’s population, continuing on from the excellent work Rudy Giuliani did in quelling crime inherited from decades of Democrat insanity.

And I have to say that the last time I was in NYC, the most enjoyable eateries I found were in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, which was a wasteland when I first say New York back in the early 1960s.

Too bad that Mayor DiBlasio will probably be able to reverse nearly three decades of gains under Giuliani and Bloomberg – probably in a much shorter time than it took to make them.

It’s always easier to wreck than repair and build.

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I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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