On October 31, 2012, New York City was reeling. Hurricane Sandy had unleashed unprecedented destruction on huge swaths of the five boroughs. In Breezy Point, Queens, dozens of homes burned like islands of fire surrounded by the rising sea.
We cannot yet compare Bloomberg and de Blasio. But if de Blasio runs the city with the same brilliant skill that he ran his campaign -- he came from the bottom of a Democratic pack to a stunning victory in the primaries and general election -- he will be a formidable mayor.
The New York City Mayor's Office and the overwhelming majority of its agencies currently have a stiff hierarchical managerial culture that hampers innovation and poses critical challenges to our next mayor.
To The Economist -- whether in its opinion or news pages, a candidate who ran in opposition to Bloomberg's legacy must be wrong in pretty much everything he promises or proposes, despite de Blasio's incredible margin of victory.