Brian Anderson, editor of the remarkable City Journal, (where, remarkably, I’m a contributing editor) has given an excellent and wide-ranging interview to the Atlantic. Conor Friedersdorf (a highly intelligent interviewer who Q&A’d me once a while back) does the honors in a feature called The Future of The City. The interview, called “Saving The City: An Interview With Brian Anderson,” talks, among other things, about the policing revolution that pulled New York City out of its crime-ridden hole and made it the shining world capital it is today:
Sometimes you’ll hear the argument that maybe policing did cut crime in New York, but by making it a racist, semi-authoritarian city. That’s absurd. Go to community meetings in minority neighborhoods, and you’ll often hear the demand for a greater police presence. Complaints about police abuses are minimal and usually acted on swiftly by the department.