Homelessness, in New York, is a social problem that never gets fixed so much as redefined for each new era. Under Mayor Bloomberg, Occupy Wall Streeters held up homelessness as evidence of the scourge of income inequality. Mayor de Blasio’s difficulties handling homelessness exemplified progressive incompetence for many New Yorkers. And with Mayor Adams, the homelessness debate is intertwined with the debate about how to come back from Covid.
“Do really I need to go in today?” Every morning, thousands of New York metro residents ask themselves that question, one utterly decisive for the city’s future.
Stephen Eide is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor of City Journal.
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