Fron the Blizzard: Schoolkid Terror and Urban Imperialists

Disciplining Children
If you wanna know where the real terrorists are in New York they get on the subway every weekday around three during the school year and they are the schoolchildren of the city ( middle schoolers and high schoolers mostly). Now of course at least half of these kids are functionally illiterate but they know every 50 Cent tune by heart and are rocking the newest sneakers to school. Of course those who would like the kids to wear uniforms are rebuffed by Manhattan-liberals ( with no kids in the public schools more than likely) who think creative expression is more important than preventing poor kids from getting made fun of because they cant afford stylish clothes and other kids who could get their brains blown out for wearing the wrong colors. This is the same crowd that also tells you that disciplining kids is passé; and who would have teachers locked up (as happened last week in the Bronx) for trying to put a little discipline in the classroom. Until then I will be on the train having Getzian fantasies or waiting for one of these punks to give me the excuse I need.

Eminent Domain Story from Brooklyn

It can be said that the bulk of the new urbanists fail into two categories; those who are in bed with big developers and those who are seeking urban revitalization from the grassroots level. One can argue that at the end of the day, despite how these two camps may view themselves, differently, they both are working towards the same goals of a more upscale and affluent city at the cost of the rooted working-class in the city and both have no qualms about using the power of the state to intervene on their behalf in order to displace undesirables.

A story today in the Brooklyn section of the New York Daily News has made my blood boil. A Greenpoint business owned by a man named Herb Engler is being taken out along with a number of other businesses by eminent domain from the city so they can build 10,000 upscale apartments for bobos. The city is using its power,and the power of the developers and the citizen groups who condone these Stalinist tactics to force long rooted and committed local business out of the area in order for the wealthy ( who a generation ago wouldn’t have dreamed of being in Brooklyn) to move in. The irony is that I guarantee you that a majority of these urban imperialists who will move into the apartments will fancy themselves as some kind of political progressives.

Mr.. Engler it seems in addition to being a committed local business man who took the courageous step and hired two parolees over a decade ago who have been with the company ever since.Where does this good citizenship get him in Bloomberg’s New York ?Absolutely fuckin nowhere unless his business can cater to the Latteheads.