Magazine September 13, 2021, Issue

New York’s Descent

A police car on fire in New York City, May 30, 2020 (Jeenah Moon/Reuters)
The Last Days of New York: A Reporter’s True Tale, by Seth Barron (Humanix Books, 304 pp., $27.99)

From 1993 to 2013, New York City underwent a startling transformation — one that defied expectations and redefined what good public policy could achieve. The streets became safer, the city cleaner. Businesses returned, tourists flocked to visit, real-estate prices skyrocketed, and New York became a glittering symbol of promise and potential to millions. Brooklyn, in particular, became the hippest part of America’s greatest city — helping spread change far beyond the five boroughs.

Unfortunately, New York City’s many gains have dwindled over the course of the past eight years. The homeless have returned, in greater numbers and with increasing aggressiveness. Many

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Tevi Troy — Mr. Troy is a visiting fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, a presidential historian, and a former White House aide. His latest book is Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump.

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