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Trump takes a bite out of the Big Apple
(This was written before the 2016 campaign. It was never meant to be political advocacy and Dr. V has not changed it.)
At One Central Park West at Columbus Circle, you'll see the Trump International Hotel. Later, you'll come to the Trump Tower.
Ostentatious never became a dirty word to Donald Trump. Take a look inside the Trump International Hotel, which was featured on his Apprentice television show.
Some make fun of "The Donald" or even resent him, but, in fairness, Trump has helped keep a great city from withering away into a lifeless rotting museum piece.
Amsterdam may have aged gracefully with almost no new construction, but, as recently as the late 1970's, New York was not aging gracefully at all.
Until Trump showed faith in the city by starting new projects in the 1970s, New York had lost much of its job creating and tax producing commercial and industrial base due to
- Changes in the economics of manufacturing that favoured factories too large to locate in New York City,
- The move to container shipping that also required large plots of land not available in New York City,
- Utterly high taxes—which are still driving people to leave NYC and state,
- Impotent crime control,
- Simply terrible schools (with exceptions),
- Labour unrest,
- Racial unrest,
- Mafia interference,
- and much more.
Mobil Oil, J. C. Penney, and other major corporate headquarters fled to other cities. Moreover, New York nearly lost the New York Stock Exchange to New Jersey. In fact, many Wall Street-related functions did move to Jersey City.
The following looking out from the Wall Street area shows the Goldman Sachs Tower in Jersey City across the Hudson River. It stands as the tallest building in New Jersey. All those jobs are no longer in NYC. Other related companies function in buildings extending up river to your right.
Whatever you may think of him, Trump helped start a renaissance in New York City that continues to this day.
Others are not so kind charging for example that Trump began the process of making Manhattan affordable only for the rich.
New York City preservation movement
On the other hand, resistance to people like Trump represents a healthy change in New York attitudes.
Although Trump's projects may be life enhancing, for too long in my opinion New York City residents allowed an evil combination of greedy real estate developers and so-called urban planners (with the help of massive amounts Federal funds) to build incredibly ill-conceived urban renewal and highway projects that destroyed entire working class neighbourhoods and commercial areas.
You see the legacy of this wrongdoing everywhere in the city in the ugly and repetitious high rise housing projects that have become havens for violent crime and in the multi lane highways that are simply not needed in place of better rapid transit.
Ill-planned housing, for example, keeps parents from seeing their children playing outdoors while parents are inside. These housing "projects" also lack the mixture of commercial and residential usage that did so much to keep areas lively throughout the day and evening, which did so much to help prevent crime.
The new freeway highways rammed through neighbourhoods tore apart community relationships that helped keep everyone safe.
The preservation movement came just in time to prevent these highways from penetrating much of Manhattan. Brooklyn and other areas of New York City did not fare so well.
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