Today is the funeral of Ed Koch, mayor of New York City from 1977 to 1989. So, as an exercise, call to your mind an image of
Monday, February 04, 2013 :::
- New York City in 1977
- New York City in 1989.
Even aside from taking a city from de facto receivership and anarchy* to fiscal solvency and ... well, something close enough to civilization for the nineties to bridge much of the remaining gap, he was personable and avuncular in the best sense of a New York kind of way, and was a cheerleader, bringing optimism to a city that sometimes needed it and presenting a positive face to the city to outsiders. Certainly within the city, just about everyone is sad to see him go.
* Under his mayorship, they city recovered from the worst ever case of bronchitis, which, from etymology, I understand to be inflamation of the Bronx. His Jewish mother must have been very proud.
::: posted by dWj at 12:29 PM