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City Limits Magazine, June/July 1991 Issue

City Limits Magazine, June/July 1991 Issue

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Cover Story: The Wrong Medicine? By Lisa Glazer.

Other stories include Cory Johnson's profile on the Transportation Alternatives organization, an anti-car advocacy group; Doug Turetsky on the costs of companies and foundations attracting private investors to poor communities; Mary Keefe on the city's broken system in providing day care to working low income parents; Elliot D. Sclar on cut and paste council districts; Eric Weinstock's book review of "City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles" by Mike Davis.
Cover Story: The Wrong Medicine? By Lisa Glazer.

Other stories include Cory Johnson's profile on the Transportation Alternatives organization, an anti-car advocacy group; Doug Turetsky on the costs of companies and foundations attracting private investors to poor communities; Mary Keefe on the city's broken system in providing day care to working low income parents; Elliot D. Sclar on cut and paste council districts; Eric Weinstock's book review of "City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles" by Mike Davis.

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June/July1991NewYork'sCommunityAffairsNewsMagazine
$2.00
POWERPLAYERS:LISCANDENTERPRISEREDISTRICTINGDISASTER
D
ANTI-CARACTIVISTS
PUBLICHOSPITALPARALYSIS
WhatCanBeDone?
 
CirJl
Limirs
Volume
XVI
Number
6
CityLimits
is publishedten
times
per
year,
monthlyexcept double issuesin
June/July
andAugust/September, bythe
CityLimits
Community
InformationService, Inc
.,a
non
profit organizationdevotedto
disseminating
information concerningneighborhood
revitalization
.
Sponsors
Association
for
Neighborhood
and
Housing Development, Inc
.
Community
Service Society
of
New
York
New
York
Urban
Coalition
Pratt
Institute
Center
for
CommunityandEnvironmentalDevelopment
Urban
Homesteading
Assistance Board
Board
ofDirectors·
Eddie Bautista,
NYLPIICharter Rights
ProjectBeverly
Cheuvront,
NYC
Department
of
Employment
Mary
Martinez, Montefiore
Hospital
Rebecca Reich,
Turf
CompaniesAndrew
Reicher
,UHAB
Tom Robbins
,
Journalist
Jay
Small,
ANHD
Walter
Stafford
,
New
YorkUniversityPete Williams, Center
for
Law
and
Social Justice
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City Limits
(ISSN 0199-0330)(212)
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966-3407Editor: Doug
TuretskyAssociate
Editor:
Lisa
Glazer
Contributing
Editors: Mary
Keefe,
Peter Marcuse
,
Margaret
MittelbachProduction
:
Chip
Cliffe
Photographers: Adam
Anik,
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Lichtenstein,
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or
portionsofthisjournal may
be
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City Limits
is indexedintheAlternative
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andthe
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available
on
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fromUniversity Microfilms International,
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MI48106.
2/JUNE/JULY 1991/CITY
UMrTS
Painful
Breaks
W
e've
heard
a
lot
lately from
the
Dinkins
administration about
sharing
the
pain
of the
city's fiscal woes. Neighborhoods have
beentold
to
expect
wrenching
losses of services
and
munici
allabor
unions
are being
warned
about massive layoffs.
But
what
pain
are
the
financial
and
big
businesscommunities
sharing?Sure,
they'll be
paying
some
higher
taxes-but
all
of us
will. At thesame time,
many
of
the
big tax breaks
that
have
benefited
major corporations, real estate concerns
and
financial
institutions
remain
in
place.
And
they're
worth
tens
of
millions
of
dollars a year.Take
theIndustrial
and
Commercial Incentive Program. Last year
it
cost
the
city $59.3
million
in
lost tax revenue.
The
beneficiaries
included
such
needy
folks as developers William
Zeckendorf
Jr.
and
Ian
Bruce
Eichner
and
the
Holiday
Inn
hotel chain. Even McDonald's
and
WhiteCastle fast-food outlets
have shared
in
this
bounty. During
the
six years
the
program
has
existed
the
city
has
forgone
nearly
$200
million
in
tax
revenues-a
sum
that couldhave
paid
for a
whole lotof
drug-treatmentcenters or
homes
for
the
homeless.
But
the
giveaways
don't end
there. Last year
the
city also lost
outon
some
$59
million
in
property
taxes from
the
World
Trade
Center.
Thetrade center
is
owned by the Port Authority of New
York
and
New
Jersey,
which
makes Payments
in
Lieu ofTaxes (PILOTS).
In
1990 these
payments
totaled
less
than
half of
what
a
private
developer paying full taxes
would
have
paid.
The
state legislation
that
makes
this
arrangement possible
never
expires.
There's
a special
irony
here.
The
Port
Authority
built
the trade center
with
money
it
made
from floating
bonds.
The
Wall Street
bondholders
who
are profiting from
thetrade center
are
the
same class
of
folks
who
arejacking
up
the
interest
rates
on the
city's
own
bonds. Talk
about
double
dipping on
misery.
And
there's
a similar story over
at
Battery
Park
City,
wherethe
Battery
Park
City
Authoritypaid
roughly a quarter
in
PILOTS
and
otherpaymentsof
what
the
full taxes to a
private
owner
would
have
been. Cost to
the
city'scoffers
last
year:
some
$80 million.
These three
examples
alone
amount
to
nearly
$200
million
in
taxrevenues
that stayed
in
the
pockets
of the
wealthy.
Isn't
it
about
time that
Mayor David Dinkins
started
really talking
about
sharing
the
pain?
* * *
City Limits
Wins Again ..
and
Again:
City Limits
is bringing
home
twomore journalism awards. Lisa Glazer
has
won
a Sidney Hillman Foundation
award
for
her
outstanding
reporting
on
theplight
of
families after leaving
the
city's welfare hotels.
And
the
New York
Metropolitan
Chapter
of theAmerican Planning
Association is presenting
us with
its
third
annual
journalism
award
for
our
coverage
ofplanning
issues. (Previous
awards
went
to
Paul
Goldberger from
The
New
York Times
and
Brendan
Gill from
the
New
Yorker;
some interesting
company
for
City Limits.)
* * *
Outward
Bound: After more
than
five years,
the past two
and
a
half
aseditor, Doug Turetsky is leaving
City Limits.
Doug is too
modest
to bring
attention
to
this
fact,
but
under
his leadership
City Limits
has
hadan
exceptionally strong
and
stable few years. After Doug leaves, AssociateEditor Lisa Glazer
will be
taking control
of the
magazine.0
Correction:
In
last
month'sissue we
neglected to
namethe housingdepartment photographerwhosepicture we spread
across pages
12
and
13. It's Larry Raccioppo.
Cover photograph by Mel Rosenthal
 
FEATURE
TheWrong
Medicine?
The
city pays $400
million
a year to
medical
schools
and
teaching hospitals for doctors
in
themunicipal
hospitals.It's a
bitterpill
to swallow.
12
DEPARTMENTS
EditorialPainful
Breaks .......................................................... 2Briefs
Chopping
and
Changing.........................................
.4
Auction Stopped
......................................................
4
City Wins AIDS
Funds
............................................. 5ProfileFreewheeling Visionaries ........................................ 6
PipelineThe
Go-Betweens ..................................................... 8No Place for Kids ...................................................
17
City View
Cut
and
Paste Council Districts ............................. 20
Review
California Dreaming ...............................................
21
Freewheeling/Page
6
Go-Betweens/Page
8
Medicine/Page
12
CITY
UMITS/JUNE/JULY
1991/3

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