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YOU SAY GOODBYE, BUT I SAY HELLO: Much ink has been spilled about the divide between red and blue states. But there is more to the matter than just politics, as this essay on red and blue metro areas demonstrates.
AN IDEA SO CRAZY IT JUST MIGHT WORK: Manhattan Institute Fellow Sharpel Welch reports that character building efforts targeting middle- and high-school students in Allendale, one of Shreveport, Louisiana’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods, have helped reduce major crime in that area by 60 percent over a 10-year period.
A WORM IN THE BIG APPLE’S BUDGET? Mayor Bill Di Blasio’s new budget pins all its hopes on a rosy state and federal economy. From the New York Post:
“For the fiscal year that starts on July 1, Gotham is on track to spend close to $95.6 billion. Of that, $73 billion is local-taxpayer money; the rest is federal and state grants. That’s a big jump from the $69.7 billion in local money in the fiscal year that’s just ending — 4.8%, when inflation is running about 1.8%. ”
TOUGH COMPETITION FOR THIS HONOR: Aaron Renn of the Manhattan Institute asks: Are Louisville’s bridges the biggest boondoggle of the 21st century?
He writes: “Not only was the bridges project a colossal waste of $1.3 billion. Not only did it harm the urban fabric of downtown Louisville. But there’s also reason to believe it diverted economic activity away from Louisville.”
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