Broadway star Patti LuPone gave an interview to the DC gay mag Metro Weekly, in which she unloaded several strange bursts of liberal celebrity-speak. The most notable one was resenting Rudy Giuliani for cleaning up Times Square into an “arcade” and wishing Times Square was “tawdry and dangerous again.”
In case you thought there would be absolutely no one who missed drug dealers and prostitutes dominating Times Square (other than those people), there is Patti LuPone…
I happened to be looking for work/working in the City during the Giuliani years, and I remember having to cut through Times Square before Giuliani cleaned it up. It is almost impossible to describe the before and after, but here goes: you ever see a science fiction movie or television episode where the heroes go back in time, accidentally change history for the worse, and come back to the present to discover that their favorite place is now some kind of grimy hell? Yeah, reverse that and you have what happened to Times Square. It was great.
And I have been listening to a particular type of liberal – the ones that would like to be hipsters, only they can’t grow the requisite beards* – bitch and moan about the loss of such a terribly, terribly romantic spot for over a decade. The weird part? The way that they look at you when you point out that NYC is not a theme park; it’s a city where people work, live, and might perhaps be inclined to walk through Times Square without tripping over a pimp or a crack pipe every twenty paces or so.
*No, they’re almost never female liberals. Ms. LuPone is almost unique in that regard.