Originally Posted by StephenHero
My limited grasp of history is that New York was resoundingly shitty before he got in office, but by the time he left, New York was only quite shitty. He seems to be credited with saving the city from bankruptcy, although the stature of that claim seems to be undermined by the obviousness of its problems to anybody whose career track wasn't dependent on city hall. Regardless, New York's era of shittiness is endlessly fascinating and I wish to hear moar. And what is the general opinion about Beame and Dinkins and Guliani?
He didn't save the city, that was done by Richard Ravitch, Felix Rohatyn and Hugh Carey. It all happened under the Abe Beame administration. Koch cut spending in order to pay down the loans used to save NYC. Paid them off early.
Beame was a joke, one of the old-school machine guys. Koch and his group were reform Dems, the opposite of Beame's crew.