It seems as though the media has been taking part in Weiner-palooza these past few days. Here's a summary...
From NY Observer:
"New York needs to continue to grow–I'm a pro-development guy," he said, speaking at a Crain's breakfast. "If you look at downtown, you look at West Side, you look at Penn Station, you look at Ratner, you look at these things–I think that you're going to see that I'm going to be advocating. I want them to be successful, particularly in this time of slow economic growth."
Then, hitting on his favorite theme, Mr. Weiner said the middle-class does not always see a clear, tangible benefit from the projects, adding, "It does create challenges that we have to solve."
From No Land Grab:
In these tough economic times, there's nothing more important than shoveling scarce tax dollars at a basketball arena. Is it any wonder that middle-class New Yorkers — and upper- and working-class NYers, too — are having trouble seeing "a clear, tangible benefit" in that?
From the NY Post:
"The irony's going to be - I don't know if the mayor believes this - but I think probably years from now, when the mayor looks back and says, 'Who was there who did the agenda that I cared about?' I think he's going to find that I'm the kind of pro-development person [who qualifies]..."
"Integrated neighborhoods -- where individuals live, work and play in close proximity to one another, as Jane Jacobs once exalted -- demand that we enable those who want to commute without polluting to do so safely and easily."
(Funny how Jane Jacobs is brought up when it suits Anthony's purposes. She would have looked at the Atlantic Yards plan and flipped out.)
From the NY Times:
Mr. Weiner has presided over more turnover than any other member of the New York House delegation in the last six years, according to an analysis of Congressional data. Roughly half of Mr. Weiner’s current staff has been on board for less than a year. Since early 2007, he has had three chiefs of staff.
Mr. Weiner’s actions as a boss of 20 or so employees, representing almost 700,000 people, offer clues about how he might handle perhaps 300,000 city workers, with eight million constituents.
From the Politicker:
“I think I’m tough but I’m fair,” he said, adding, “And I'm cheap.”
From the Daily Politics:
A sharp-eyed reader spotted not one, but TWO typos (so far) in Weiner's middle-class manifesto, "Keys to the City" speech, which he delivered yesterday at the Crain's breakfast...Hopefully, no heads roll over this. Weiner spokesman John Collins had no comment.