Advice for the New Mayor

Stern, William

Cove, Peter

Kotkin, Joel

Savas, E. S.

Biederman, Daniel

McCaughey, Elizabeth

Heinemann, H. Erich

Brooke-Hitching, Harley

Moss, Mitchell

Nathan, Richard

Zuckerman, Mortimer

Cornuelle, Richard

Mahoney, Margaret

Berger, Stephen

Wriston, Walter B.

Morris, Charles

Crouch, Stanley


Daniel Biederman President, Grand Central Partnership


Rethink the city's policy on the homeless. Elected officials and homeless "advocates" seem to think that every homeless person in New York is the helpless victim of the real estate economy, Republican urban policies, and an uncaring nation. The homeless themselves dispute this. When one talks to homeless people (as employees of my business improvement districts do all day long), one finds that most acknowledge having serious personal problems. It is more practical for the city to approach the problems of this limited number of people (far fewer than the 100,000 or more the advocates claim) than to change all of society.

Start with employment programs for the homeless, as we have at the Grand Central and 34th Street partnerships. A troubled person with a job to do every day gradually becomes less troubled. Providing employment, even before drug treatment and well before housing, is the best route to reentry into society. With work-readiness training, and some continued counseling while they are employed, even those with drug or alcohol problems or serious neuroses are often ready for entry-level jobs.

  • This document was created from the article, "Advice for the New Mayor" by Walter B. Wriston, Stanley Crouch, Stephen Berger, Charles Morris, Margaret Mahoney, Richard Cornuelle, Mortimer Zuckerman, Richard Nathan, Mitchell Moss, Harley Brooke-Hitching, H. Erich Heinemann, Elizabeth McCaughey, Daniel Biederman, E. S. Savas, Joel Kotkin, Peter Cove, and William Stern for the Winter 1994 edition of ... read more
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