A Mayor for All Seasons

Like his big-city colleagues, Ed Koch practices the politics of survival

If a stiff upper lip could make a sound, say a nerve-racking hum, it would now emit from the offices of the nation's mayors and eventually fill the air.

Mayors are a brave lot generally, but until the advent of the Reagan Administration, their courage was merely tested on sozzly hecklers, dim-witted Governors, intransigent state legislatures and the normal range of external terrors that attend their work. Now Ronald Reagan has made them look inward. When he told the National League of Cities last December that his "first...

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