Monday, December 16, 2013

Paris Elections & Bronx Stereotypes

RE: Paris Elections & Bronx Stereotypes

“The tired, ancient stereotypes about the Bronx continue to unfairly cloud the minds of people as far away as Paris, France. We in the Bronx have had enough.

“Crime has steadily dropped in the Bronx. Last year, the Bronx had the lowest rate of crime it has seen since the early 1960’s, and this year our borough is on pace to be even safer.

“And we’re not just leading the way in crime reduction. Tens of thousands of new housing units have been constructed here, new businesses are coming to our borough and the existing businesses are growing. We are leading the way in ‘green’ construction, with projects like Via Verde. We have major new projects such as the PGA caliber golf course at Ferry Point Park and the Kingsbridge National Ice Center, which will add to the list of reasons, like the new Yankee Stadium, and the New York Botanical Garden, as to why the Bronx remains an international destination. 

“Yet here we are, once again, forced to defend our hometown from the slanders and libels of politicians thousands of miles away, in Paris no less, who are using the Bronx to score cheap political points. Enough already.  While we may not be home to the Eiffel Tower, we are the home to 1.4 million hardworking people who are proud of their hometown and how far the Bronx has come.

“The elected officials of Paris would do well to remember that and focus on the issues Paris faces today, rather than the issues the Bronx faced decades ago,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

The original English-language article from Quartz Daily, titled “Surreal: French politicians are debating whether Paris now resembles the Bronx,” can be found at Up-to-date crime statistics for the Bronx can be found at




  1. So outgoing NYC Comptroller John Liu will deliver his final State of the City Address 10:00 AM today at the Emigrant Bank Building in lower Manhattan.

    With Liu's disgraced campaign aide going to jail, and Liu's pension-investment strategy having resulted in almost $2 billion in lost earnings last fiscal year, it will be very nice to FINALLY be rid of John C. Liu. Also, don't forget the tiny 6.84% of the vote that Liu got in the 2013 Democratic mayoral primary, coming in 4th in a lackluster field of candidates.

  2. Mayor Bloomberg Launches Campaign-Style Legacy Tour

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  3. Didn't your club which you were a vice chairman , The Committee of 100 Democrats support John Liu for Mayor?