With the economy seemingly sliding into another slump, it's good to remember just how much progress we've made over the past few decades. Crime, for instance, has fallen dramatically.
A piece I wrote for The New York Times Sunday Magazine just went up online. It is about what New York City was like in the 1980s. One little example: when the city painted over the graffiti-covered Washington Square arch, the mayor said, "That'll last about an hour."
These days, it's hard to imagine anyone defacing the arch.