My Southern Bronx strategy to down a Bloomberg candidacy -- one picture is worth a thousand words (two even better):
My art-deco high school -- opened 1941
Picture when still operating of Bronx County Court House -- opened 1939 -- a ten minute walk north from Cardinal Hayes
Both remain in pristine condition, today.
In 1977, in response to the national crime wave, the Bronx was forced to open a new $120 million (2016 dollars) courthouse down the hill to catch the overflow.
In 2004, long after the crime wave had diminished 75%, Mayor Bloomberg opened a new $500 million courthouse across the street from the old-new one -- closing down both beautiful courthouses -- nobody knows why. Giving the Bronx two more derelict structures -- just what we needed.
Bloomberg perpetrated the same financial folly in Brooklyn in the same year to the tune of $750 million. Don't have personal knowledge of Brooklyn courthouse(s) that existed but I never spotted any dilapidated structures passing through Brooklyn civic center (just the other side of the Brooklyn Bridge).
Before posting the new-new courthouse pictures I should throw in my eighth-grade math take on Bloomberg's stop-and-frisk circus. Stops went up 7X under Bloomberg -- again -- after crime had subsided 4X = 28 times as many stops per reported crimes. Thought this funny: if it is a thousand to one that a cop has justification to stop one kid on the way to school, it must be a million to one against two together, a billion, etc. etc. -- but it would be the same four, five kids together over and over again.
The old and old-old Bronx courthouses are probably being put to some use by now -- don't know; been gone from the Bronx a long time.
Imagine the Donald (not my favorite person) at debate comparing his building billions of dollars of commercially viable buildings in New York to Mike wasting billions duplicating perfectly functional courthouses.