By Kyle | May 19, 2010
As David Brooks mentioned in a column this week, my neighbor John Podhoretz delivers a jolt of anti-nostalgia, writing in Commentary about how dissolute and depraved the Upper West Side was when he was growing up 30 years or so ago. “I was mugged four times before I was 14,” he says. Being a New Yorker gave him an excellent reason for being conservative, given the social policies that fueled the fires of disorder. Today there are fewer than one-third as many felonies being committed in the neighborhood as there were in 1964 (and one-fifth as many as there were in 1990).