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The Cody Blog: Subsidies Don't Help; Punishing Litterbugs Does

Monday, April 04, 2005

Subsidies Don't Help; Punishing Litterbugs Does

While in DC the weekend before last, I was struck by how clean the city is compared to NYC (which itself is much cleaner than it was just a few years ago).

Why is Bloomberg trying to plow hundreds of millions of my tax dollars into a stadium to subsidize some really rich team owners (and thereby subsidize the players, coaches, and everyone on the payroll too)? Oh, that's right -- it's an investment in the city's economy and well being of the community.

To close the loop in this far-flung post (stick with me, I'm not completely insane yet), here's yet another revolutionary concept (though in reality it's simply straightforward):

Start writing tickets for littering in NYC! Use some of those funds earmarked for the stadium to hire cops to punish people for littering and violating my rights by throwing their garbage such that it ends up on my private property (or the streets in front of my private property).

Somehow I think a squeaky clean NYC would do more for city's economy and the community than another subsidy to the very rich. Isn't it ironic (or not) that such protection vs. subsidization is what a capitalist's government is supposed to do?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that the stadium would be a total waste of city money, and I have yet to see a single convincing study on this notion that stadiums really do help stimulate the economy around them (look at the areas around the baseball stadiums, who'd want to live or work there?)

But I don't think sending more cops around to issue tickets for littering is a good idea either. Cops giving out tickets everywhere is as unsightly and unpleasant and people littering. The single biggest facotr in pollution and hygine for any city is its wealth, so the best way to get the city cleaner would be to get it to be richer, and in that light, I wish they would just take all this money for the stadium and issue stimulative tax cuts instead. The cleanest parts of the city (midtown, wall street etc) are so because privately funded business improvement districts clean them. I'd rather see them in every neighborhood as opposed to cops.

4/05/2005 09:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Omid said...

oops, didnt mean to be annonymous there.

4/05/2005 10:00:00 AM  
Blogger Cody Willard said...

Littering should be (and it is) illegal.

That said, the responsibility for cleaning a city or neighborhood or whatever -- should be kept private.

4/05/2005 02:34:00 PM  

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