Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

Opinion

January 20, 2013

HOPKINS: This planned crackdown looks familiar

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — “Who wants to go down to Times Square and look at the

hookers?”

That crass joke was my introduction to New York City during a college field trip in April 1990. I was reminded of the joke when I attended Friday’s press conference at Lockport City Hall, during which Mayor Michael Tucker announced a new “impact zone” where efforts will be stepped up to deter crime, bight and other inner-city problems.

Now, Lockport and New York City have hardly anything in common. The Big Apple has 8 million people, Lockport a hair over 20,000. New York is the cultural and commerce capital of the U.S. Lockport is the birthplace of First Niagara Bank and has some very nice theaters and art centers, but they won’t be confused for Broadway or Greenwich Village.

Yet, they both have urban problems such as blight and crime. It appears that Lockport is about to take a page out of Rudy Giuliani’s playbook on how to clean up a city.

In 1990, Times Square was still a seedy district in midtown Manhattan, complete with the aforementioned ladies of the night, X-rated movie theaters and more. It was a far cry from the family-friendly place it is today. It would be safe to say that 23 years ago, Times Square still reflected the New York City of the 1970s (think “The French Connection”) than it did by the turn of the millennium.

Some of Times Square’s turnaround began before Giuliani took office in Jan. 1994. However, his “Broken Windows” approach to stomping out petty crime and other nuisances played a major role in that city’s turnaround from seedy to spiffy.

Crackdowns on graffiti, marijuana possession, turnstile jumping in the subway and aggressive panhandlers made a difference. Tourists began to take note. I saw a difference in July 1996, six years after my first visit. And the residents even seemed friendlier.

Text Only
Opinion
Featured Ads
Photos


Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Front page
AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites
Seasonal Content
Helium debate
Helium
Section Teases

Seasonal Content
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.