A missed opportunity

With the loss of its Olympic bid, the Big Apple is fated to fade into obscurity.

Too bad that selfish Sheldon Silver blocked Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to give a billion-dollar gift of public money to the New York Jets to build a football stadium that might have been used for the Olympics.

After all, playing host to the Olympics would really have put New York on the map.

Now it’s doomed to be nothing but the financial and cultural capital of the world.

And all that land will have to be used for housing or open space or commercial development or something else much less vital than a stadium to be used eight times a year.

What a shame!

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com