On Friday, Jonathan Soffer discussed his book Ed Koch and the Rebuilding of New York City.
In the interview, Soffer talks about how Koch managed the city during a time of severe budget constraints and presidential administrations (Carter and Reagan) that were largely hostile to urban America. Despite his critiques of Koch’s administration, Soffer argues that Koch set up a lot of the structures and policies that allowed New York City to prosper in the 1990s. Koch rebuilt financial confidence in New York City, rehabilitated some of the housing in the worst areas of the city, and put into place a 10-year housing project that continues to have an impact.
* Jonathan Soffer will be in conversation with Ed Koch tonight at 8:15 at the 92nd Street Y.