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It’s the Sidewalks, Stupid

Should Michael Bloomberg run for President? He was elected mayor on the strength of his reputation as a business executive and a technocrat who gets things done. His popularity is high in New York. But is his sterling reputation as chief executive officer of the city based upon achievement or on the appearance of achievement?

I raise this question in an op-ed in today’s New York Sun. The Sun also published two of my photographs suggesting that appearances of one of the mayor’s signature projects are not what they should be. These photos are only available in the printed edition of the Sun, not on its website. But contentions has them below the jump. The full op-ed can be found here.

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The sidewalk on W. 17th Street, Brooklyn, between Mermaid and Surf Avenue in Coney Island.

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A close up of the sidewalk on W. 17th Street, Brooklyn, between Mermaid and Surf Avenue in Coney Island.