Mayor Bloomberg Uses 'Pilot' Label So Projects Skip City Review

06/28/2011 05:22 pm ET | Updated Aug 28, 2011
  • DAVID W. CHEN and MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM nytimes.com

It has never been easy for a mayor to get things done in New York City, where every government proposal must navigate a thicket of community groups, policy boards, and empowered neighborhood gadflies who can blackball a project in a blink.

So the Bloomberg administration has taken a tack that could be called "do it first, answer questions later." And the key to the strategy is to start small, and to use the word "pilot."

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