Rights & Freedoms

Public safety in New York

As National Guard troops in battle dress marched through downtown streets in the days after the destruction of the World Trade Center, New Yorkers asked one another whether this was the future. Was their wounded city-the symbolic capital of the globalized economy-to be patrolled by rifle-carrying soldiers, much like some besieged third-world capital? President George W. Bush’s address to the nation on September 21 made this possibility...

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About the Author

Julia Vitullo-Martin edited Breaking Away: The Future of Cities (Twentieth Century Fund Press). She was a Vista Volunteer, a civil rights worker, and an antiwar protester during the sixties.