February 2017

The current antipathy between the White House and the Intelligence community will play out in time and, hopefully, will again become a working relationship that serves America well. With the new geopolitical dangers we are reminded again that we live in a dangerous world -- and the professionals who place their lives on the line to keep us safe are as quietly heroic as they are unknown to us.




Community activists know a thing or two. The High Line was all the rage despite community opposition, like Trump SoHo (which was supposed to be a condo-hotel) in Hudson Square, by the way. Here's an example of "I told you so" that draws lots of tourists for Chelsea, but does little for the residents. Perhaps, the City Council's recent enactment of tougher laws on landlord abuse will help our affordable housing crisis -- another issue that residents have been screaming about for years.

 


 If anyone could ever be called “triggered snowflakes,” it’s conservatives and Catholics when someone brings up Planned Parenthood. Somehow, the organization that provides affordable healthcare to millions of women is their idea of the devil, and must be destroyed at all costs. While Planned Parenthood has been under fire a lot in recent years, it’s not hard to imagine that the vitriol and misinformation from the opposition will increase dramatically under the new administration.


 Corey Johnson is among the more progressive members of the City Council and is hosting some exciting events. It is instructive for SoHo residents and tourists that our community was, at one time, more about arts than real estate development. And, so that our community remains a culturally vibrant, diverse place to live as well as visit, more events like this might be studied by our politicians.