Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Giuliani Guide Is Bloomberg Gadfly

Though I don't agree with everything they write, I think the Manhattan Institute has been a great thing for this city -- and our country.

In part, the changing fortunes of the Manhattan Institute reflect tectonic shifts in New York's political landscape. The city of the 1980's and early 90's - dangerous, racially polarized and widely considered ungovernable - has evolved into a somewhat kinder, gentler place. Public intellectuals thrive on solving problems, and New York has fewer troubles than it once did.

But the change also mirrors the sharply divergent political styles of Mr. Giuliani and his successor. Though Mr. Bloomberg, a fellow Republican, has in some ways advanced Mr. Giuliani's crusades, lowering crime rates and trying to rein in the schools bureaucracy, he has been far less receptive to the institute.

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