I wont label anything to a party. Republican doesnt mean bad, although in nyc its an easy way out when criticizing. It isn't that the government cant do anything right. its more that the government should provide the proper incentives and provide a rule of law. The theatre bonus is a great example - there should have been more incentives like this to create a great 42nd steet. Imagine zebra without the 2 theatres.Originally Posted by Fabrizio
Zoning law is another great example of the government creating the basic stucture, and the market doing the rest. The problem with zoning now, and any large scale plan, is that current term limited city council members are too much concerned with catering towards special interests so they can either run for higher office or get lucrative private sector jobs - special interests being either the developers or the CBs, or both if they're slick.
of course there is a lot of crap on 42nd, and the city could have done a better job pointing the developers in the right direction. but the government was too busy micromanaging other parts of the city, with little to show for it.