CITIES: Limited Liability

Every year, come budget time, New Yorkers are maltreated to a stagy, depressingly familiar contest between Mayor John Lindsay and Governor Nelson Rockefeller. The mayor more or less threatens to shut down New York City for good unless he gets more money. The Governor responds with sympathetic noises about how he would like to help, but what can a fella do? Then somehow the two, with the reluctant assistance of the state legislature, manage to scrape together enough money to keep the city operating at its usual siege level.

This year the...

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